Plant industries development

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The Katherine Research Station will include cotton in their 2018-2019 wet and dry season trials, with future research and demonstration extending to the Department of Primary Industry and Resources’ Douglas Daly Research Farm and working with commercial properties as the industry grows.

The Northern Territory (NT) is renowned for growing mangoes. It supplies more than half the mangoes produced in Australia. The NT also grows tropical fruit, vegetables, flowers, stock feed and forestry products.

There is significant potential for further development of plant industries in the NT to grow food, fibre and foliage.

For information on the growing conditions in the NT, potential commercial crops and export markets read Opportunities for plant industries in the NT (1.6 mb) (1.6 mb)

Central Australia offers a unique combination of sunshine, low humidity, cool winter temperatures and freedom from most pests and diseases. These conditions are ideal for many crops.

Extensive commercial production already exists for a wide variety of crops including table grapes, dates, melons, mangoes, figs, olives, bush foods (from Australia’s native plants) and vegetables. Fodder is also grown to support the local cattle industry.

Research by the NT Government and its partners has identified the potential for production of a diverse range of other crops including - stone fruit, nuts, temperate and subtropical fruits and ornamental flowers.

For more information on horticulture opportunities in Central Australia read Investing in the Horticultural Growth of Central Australia (3.6 mb) or visit The Territory website.

Last updated: 23 September 2019

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