Ministerial Statement on Horticultural Production in the Northern Territory 7 October 2003 (Dr Burns)
Tabled paper 1069
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Mataranka areas. Citrus is expected to come to optimum production in the two to three years in Katherine, further increasing employment demands in the region. Table Grapes in Central Australia currently employ nearly 30 full time workers and around 300 seasonal workers. This will increase significantly in future with the expected area planted to crops nearly doubling in the next five years. There are significant opportunities for Aboriginal employment in remote areas and there is a need to develop programs to train and retain Aboriginal people associated with commercial horticultural developments. This will provide further benefits to remote communities with their own market gardens and supply of produce, with associated health benefits. The current trend of doubling production value every five years is expected to continue in the future, provided that new markets and new products are developed in time. The main advantage of Territory production is that it comes out of season, or counter seasonal, at a time when there is very little produced elsewhere in the world. This gives us clear market advantages. We are also close to Asian Page 15
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