Since long, Northern Territory politicians and farmers have been hoping to export agricultural produce to their northern neighbors. Unfortunately, despite the Territory's proximity to Asia, plant based exports have largely failed to become a reality. 2021 could mark a pivotal turning point in the Territory's export economy.
New commercial cargo services have opened up between Darwin and Singapore, providing farmers with the opportunity to take advantage of both sea and air freight connections. Cargo aircraft fly out of Darwin four times a week and ships dock in Darwin roughly every two weeks, these constant connections now enable farmers to sell their harvests to new international markets.
NT Farmers is currently undertaking a project to identify how the Territory's supply chains can be optimized to encourage further export opportunities for local farmers. Findings from the project will be used to underpin improvements to the export sector.