Webinar series, now available online

Region: Greater Darwin | Topic: Horticulture
28 Sep 2020


Amid ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism (DITT), formerly the Department of Primary Industry and Resources) launched its first ever weekly webinar series, aimed at helping growers keep abreast of national and local agricultural projects.

The nine-week series, kicked-off in June with Dr Darsh Rathnayake, a research scientist unpacking the current biosecurity research into whether honey bees are able to introduce cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) into melon crops from infested hives.

The series featured eight industry specialists from around Australia covering a range of diverse topics from Northern Territory Hemp Industry Regulations 2020, spice growing trials, to melon food safety, broadacre cropping projects and water resources.

“By trialling new methods of engagement, we were able to facilitate the flow of information to local growers. This initiative demonstrates our commitment to developing the Territory’s agricultural industries by supporting growers with the latest knowledge, research, technical advice and skills – amid COVID-19 physical distancing requirements,” said Phil Hausler the Executive Director of Agriculture.

For those who missed the live webinars, recordings are now available on the Agriculture Divisions YouTube webinars playlist.

The projects are supported and delivered by multi-stakeholder groups including the Department of Primary Industries New South Wales, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Western Australia, Central Queensland University, University of Southern Queensland, Hort Innovation, CRCNA, CRDC, GRDC, FutureBeef, Australian Mangoes and Melons Australia to name a few. DITT acknowledges the support of our partners; Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Northern Territory Farmers Association Incorporated (NT Farmers), Tipperary Station, Ruby Downs, Edith Springs Station, Mainoru Station, Oolloo Farms, Glen Arden and Cotton Seed Distributors Limited (CSD).

More information

Maddison Clonan
Research Scientist
Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism


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