The Northern Territory Labor government is intent on creating long term local jobs and diversifying the territory’s economy. Experts claim that agricultural development will bring significant ongoing development opportunities and sustainable economic benefits to the Northern Territory, along with 150 local jobs.
With the support of the Northern Territory Government, the NT Land Corporation, in partnership with NT Farmers Association, is calling for Expressions of Interest for three highly prospective agricultural land developments:
- Keep Plains Agricultural Development
67,500 hectares available on the NT/WA border, adjoining WA’s iconic Ord River Irrigation Scheme, and suitable for a wide variety of high quality broadacre crops from melons to cotton to sorghum and chia.
- Wildman Agricultural Development
26,000 hectares of land along the Stuart Highway and Point Stuart road which could be used for high yield crops such as bananas, mangoes and leafy vegetables as well as cattle and buffalo production.
- Larrimah Agricultural Development
5,712 hectares of land on offer in the Big River region with direct access to logistics routes along the Stuart Highway the sites are suitable for a wide range of dryland and irrigated crops including mangoes, citrus and melons, as well as intensified beef production.
Minister for Agribusiness and Aquaculture, Nicole Manison, stated: “The Territory’s agricultural sector has a significant role to play in the recovery of our economy. The potential for growth in food and fibre production in the Territory will attract private investment, create long-term, sustainable employment and diversify the Territory’s suite of exports. The strategic development of agricultural precincts will drive sustainable growth and development of the sector and capitalise on the potential that the industry has in the future of our economy. These agricultural land releases offer exciting investment opportunities for emerging agribusiness in the Northern Territory which will provide up to 150 jobs for Territorians.”