Tasmanian Nut Industry
In recent years Tasmania has undergone a significant expansion in nut production and sales. The rich soils and climate are suited to the production of high quality chestnuts, hazelnuts and walnuts.
The Horticulture Section of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. is the body responsible for the nut industry in Tasmania.
Chestnuts are grown throughout Tasmania. For more information on chestnuts, see the Chestnut pages.
Hazelnuts are grown throughout Tasmania. For information on hazelnuts, see the Hazelnut pages. The Hazelnut Preliminary Research Plan (2007) and Hazelnut Field Day Notes (17 February, 2008) are accessable from Hazelnuts – Tasmania
The main production area for walnuts in Tasmania is located along the east coast.
Webster Ltd acquired a walnut research and industry development enterprise when it purchased the Vecon agribusiness enterprise in December 1996. Webster Ltd. owns/manages 620 ha of walnuts in Swansea in Tasmania and have developed a core of knowledge that will support the on-going development of the walnut industry.
For more information on walnuts, see the Walnut pages.
Tasmanian Rural and Marine Industry Profiles – Aug 2004 – Plant Industries (Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment)
Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research (TIAR)
Nut related research in Tasmania is carried out through either private consultants or through TIAR. TIAR is a joint venture between the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian State Government Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, and has research centres in Hobart, New Town, Launceston Devonport and Burnie. TIAR works closely with industry in research, development and extension programs to address agricultural productivity, efficiency, safe food production, social and national resource management issues. See Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research for more information
Two year old hazelnut tree (Courtesy of the Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Science)
Tasmanian Nut Nurseries
Tasmanian Nut Growers
Tasmanian Nut Sales