Plant industries development

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The Katherine Research Station commercial cotton trails commenced in 2018 with both rainfed and irrigated methods investigated. The Department of Primary Industry and Resources’ Douglas Daly Research Farm has been identified for extending research and demonstration and working with commercial properties as the industry grows.

Read more about cotton research.

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) PDF (1.6 MB) PDF (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 PDF (3.6 MB) or visit The Territory website.

Last updated: 22 June 2020

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