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Annual Report 2003/2004 Department of Business Industry and Resource Development



Annual Report 2003/2004 Department of Business Industry and Resource Development

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An nu al R ep or t % Established the Horticulture Information Services Program, a client focussed information delivery platform to deliver quality information to clients. Refined the mango crop timing forecasting system to provide timely data on harvest timing information. Provided the citrus industry with a local coordinator who will provide the industry with technical transfer information. Released the Product Description Guide for Tahitian Limes and a Draft Product Description Language for Pitaya. Continued progress in developing banana varieties resistant to Panama Disease. Developed and demonstrated a new post-harvest treatment for Okra to replace more toxic fungicides. Hosted a field day for growers at Coastal Plains Research Station to promote sweet potato production and demonstrations of root harvesting and washing machinery. This resulted in a number of growers commencing commercial production. Evaluated table grape rootstock to meet industry needs, including identifying suitable combinations for use in Central Australia. Released nine new Heliconia varieties. Work on these new Heliconias was achieved in partnership with the Cut-flower Growers group of the NT Horticultural Association (NTHA). Conducted an intensive hybridisation work on Curcuma cut flowers and generated 16 000 hybrid seeds, of which more than one-third were sown at the end of 2003. Aqis Export Inspection Delivers an inspection and certification service for the NT grain, dairy, fish, processed food, horticulture and livestock industries on behalf of the Commonwealth to ensure the consignments meet country-of-destination quarantine requirements. By mutual agreement, the Commonwealth resumed responsibility for these services from the NT and the agreed functions and staff from DBIRD were transferred back to the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) with effect from 19 November 2003. Plant Health Production Supports increased farm production, reduce chemical usage and ensure continual market accessibility. This is achieved by a range of services conducted by officers within the NT Quarantine, Plant Pathology and Entomology sections. Key Achievements Researched selection and breeding of snake beans for resistance to the three strains of Fusarium wilt disease which have almost destroyed the NT snake bean export industry. Assessed and tested banana cultivars for resistance to Fusarium wilt tropical race 4. Completed more than 1 830 plant disease diagnostic cases in the Darwin and Katherine laboratories. This is a significant increase over the previous year because of the Grapevine Leaf Rust Eradication Program. Developed the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act to provide modern legislation in line with nationally agreed guidelines for control of use of agricultural and veterinary chemicals, fertilisers and stock food. 50 Department of Business, Industry & Resource Development

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