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Budget Paper 1994-95 No.6 Northern Territory Economy



Budget Paper 1994-95 No.6 Northern Territory Economy

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Tabled Paper 2156


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Rural Industries and Fisheries The Department o f Primary Industry and Fisheries estimate gross production in 1993 by the rural and fishing industries was $221 million (see Figure 10.1) and is expected to improve slightly on this during 1994. Pastoral Cattle and buffalo production in 1993 was valued at $91 million, down 24% from 1992. As shown in Figure 10.2, the decline in production was concentrated in cattle production which fell from $118 million to $90 million in 1993. T here are c u rre n tly 269 p a s to ra l properties in the Territory. O f these, 67% are privately or family owned, 14% are owned by Aboriginal interests, while the remaining 19% are company owned. The company owned properties are generally located in b e tte r p asto ra l areas and consequently account for about 50% of Territory cattle production. C a ttle and b u ffa lo tu rn -o ff in 1993 d e c lin e d by 27% to 298 718 head co m p ared to 1992, in p a rt due to restocking following the Brucellosis and T ubercu lo sis E ra d ic a tio n C am paign (BTEC). The number o f cattle and buffalo slaughtered in Territory abattoirs declined by 47% (to 53 647 head). Live exports interstate declined by 27% (to 165 595 head) and live exports overseas decreased by 4% (to 79 476 head). Most pastoral properties in the Territory are cattle enterprises in part reflecting historical development o f the industry. In recent years, BTEC reduced the Territory cattle and buffalo herd and significantly affected the industry. In accordance with the objectives o f the post-BTEC phase, and the need to maintain disease- free status to ensure ongoing viability o f the industry, there has been a progressive adoption o f more intensive production techniques. A short-term impact of the BTEC eradication phase Figure 10.2 Northern Territory Cattle and Buffalo Production $ million 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 Source: Dept, of Primary Industry and Fisheries 57