the HDC Began
Until the mid-1980s virtually all research and
in horticulture was funded by the Government.
following a review, the Government took the view
would be better if the near-market R&D needs
industry were decided and funded by growers,
to concentrate its resources largely on basic and
Following extensive consultations with industry
decided that the fragmented and varying nature of
community meant that market forces alone could not
on to produce a satisfactory support structure of
research for the industry. A collective approach,
by statutory regulations, would be needed.
So, the Horticultural Development Company was
on 1 July 1986 with a remit to fund research and
and communicate results to growers. On 1 April
HDC were given responsibility for near-market
the apple and pear industry.
Following the Radcliffe Review in 2005, to
assess the structure and efficiency of all Agricultural levy boards, the
government decided to establish a single levy board called the
Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB). On 1 April
2008, the Horticultural Development Company took over the management of
the levy board activities for the horticultural sector of the AHDB.