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Ministerial Statement on Horticultural Production in the Northern Territory 7 October 2003 (Dr Burns)



Ministerial Statement on Horticultural Production in the Northern Territory 7 October 2003 (Dr Burns)

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industries with matching funding from Horticulture Australia Limited, the national funding body. This is, Madam Speaker, unique in any developed country, and provides highly trained staff and the latest technology to test germplasm from various breeding programs around the world. To date a number of local and international lines have been screened and some positive results are emerging. However, identification of resistance in Cavendish type varieties is some time away and my department is collaborating with Queensland DPI to introduce a number of new varieties, including a promising line from Taiwan. Madam Speaker, banana is one of the highest labour requirement crops. When suitable resistance and/or tolerant varieties are identified, further development of this industry will recommence. Madam Speaker, the table grape industry in the Ti-Tree / Pine Hill area in Central Australia is a sector which shows considerable oromise for further growth. There is an estimated . sustainable yiteld of 14 000 mega litres of ground water identified in mis region which may be used for Page 9

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