Under-cover vegetables are cultivated in controlled environments and are therefore less reliant on weather conditions and seasonal changes than field-grown vegetables. The controlled growing environment, as in the case of greenhouses, generates greater yield output and faster growth, which has contributed to the growth of the industry over the past five years. The use of closed systems provides water efficiencies and energy savings, which have also benefited the industry in light of water shortages and restrictions over the past five years. The Under Cover Vegetable Growing industry is forecast to expand by an annualised 4.8% in the five years through 2014-15.
Farmers in this industry grow vegetables in greenhouses, cold frames, cloth houses and lath houses.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.