Annual Report 2003/2004 Department of Business Industry and Resource Development
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An nu al R ep or t FUTURE PRIORITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR OUTPUT GROUP 3: ANIMAL, PLANT AND FISHERIES INDUSTRY SERVICES Output 4: Animal and Plant Industry Production Services Develop five-year plans for NT primary industries. Improve extension and information systems. Analysis of mango industry strategy to identify issues in relation to profitability and sustainability. Increase primary industry production and Indigenous employment from Indigenous owned land. Provide quality education and expert advice on beef production in the NT and South East Asia as part of a collaborative project with the CDU. Promotion of the NT position in the review of national drought policy and arrangements. Sustainable commercial development of native plant species for food in the NT. Development of commercial use of recycled water in Alice Springs. Implementation of Horticulture Partnership Group arrangements and consultation with stakeholders on strategic directions for industry. Feed lotting of crossbred cattle suitable for Asian feedlots. Maintain and enhance market access for NT livestock and plant products to domestic and export markets. Strengthen the live export trade and develop new market opportunities/overseas and domestic markets. Irrigation industry development including peanuts and rotation crops. Improve productivity business skills, environmental management and value adding/ abattoirs. Pastoral industry development: capacity building/education and training, raising sustainable carrying capacity, developing alternative grazing strategies. Output 5: Animal and Plant Industry Resource Protection Services Maintaining effective pest and disease post barrier surveillance programs. Refine planning responses for animal, plant and aquatic pest incursions and boost animal disease preparedness. Provide protection from animal and plant pests and diseases and implement a bio-security strategy. Completion of the Tuberculosis Freedom Assurance Program stage 2. Secure funding through a cost sharing agreement to fund Stage 4 of the national grapevine Leaf Rust Eradication Program - the ongoing monitoring phase. Development of the new plant health legislation. Establishment of Commonwealth/State cost-sharing agreement in relation to emergency plant pest and disease responses. Participation in a national animal disease desktop exercise to test the national awareness and decision making mechanisms for an emergency animal disease that may infect humans. 60 Department of Business, Industry & Resource Development
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