Katherine Logistics and Agribusiness Hub
Katherine is an important regional centre supporting the cattle and horticulture industries and servicing the surrounding communities. The town is a natural transport crossway connecting the Ord River and the Kimberley to the west, Alice Springs to the south and Queensland to the east.
Recognising this strategic importance and the potential for future growth, the Northern Territory Government has committed to the development of a Logistics and Agribusiness Hub in Katherine. The Hub will also support the growth of the resource, defence, transport and tourism sectors.
The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics (DIPL) is leading the design of this intermodal logistics and agribusiness hub, to be located near the town of Katherine. For more information on the Katherine Logistics and Agribusiness Hub visit the DIPL website.
The Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) has identified potential agribusiness activities which could support the development of the hub – Agribusiness Potential of the Big Rivers Region. This includes agriculture, aquaculture, horticulture and pastoralism; and agribusinesses along the value chain.
The Katherine region is considered to have very good prospects for future agribusiness development from traditional beef cattle production, mangoes and melons; to new crops supplying emerging Asian markets such as soybean; and commercialising our own bush foods.
There is growing interest in developing commercial donkey farming in the Northern Territory for production of gelatin (ejiao) from the hides as well as meat and by-products, and a donkey processing facility is a potential new agribusiness that could utilise the hub.
The Katherine Research Station is the department’s headquarters for delivering agricultural research in the Katherine region to improve the efficiency, profitability and quality of produce in the region, and to explore opportunities to diversify.
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Last updated: 20 September 2019