Ripening up: Growing health consciousness and demand from supermarkets boost industry revenue

IBISWorld’s Hydroponic Crop Farming market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.


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The Hydroponic Crop Farming industry has been performing well, with revenue forecast to increase by an annualised 4.3% over the five years through 2016-17. This has been partly due to hydroponic farmers growing crops under controlled conditions with reduced water requirements, allowing them to better withstand the unfavourable weather conditions that have plagued the agricultural sector over the past five years. In particular, fluctuating rainfall over the period has negatively affected crop supplies of outdoor, soil-based farmers, reducing competition in retail markets. This has increased demand for hydroponic produce, boosting industry revenue, which is forecast to grow by a more subdued 1.7% during 2016-17, to $625.3 million...

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What is the Hydroponic Crop Farming industry?

Hydroponic crop farmers grow their crops through closed or open systems. Closed systems recirculate the water used. These types of systems include nutrient film, medium-based and aeroponic techniques. Open systems let water run off the system as waste. Hydroponic growing is not suitable for all crops, and industry players tend to select crops based on margins and downstream demand. Hydroponic operations are generally more suitable for vegetable crops that grow fast and can be harvested easily to enhance production volume and feasibility.


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