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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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and conducts joint research projects at Katherine to develop sustainable farming systems suitable for northern Australia. The department has partnerships with the PCA, QDPIF and local producers, to develop best management practices for peanut production and test new peanut varieties. The department is contracted by the Cooperative Research Centre for Tropical Plant Protection to establish a diagnostic facility in Darwin for Panama disease. Various members of the Plant Health Branch represent the NT on national committees concerned with all aspects of plant health responsibilities, including: - Plant Health Australia. - The Executive Committee for the Cooperative Research Centre for Tropical Plant Protection. - The Domestic Quarantine Market Access Working Group. - The Consultative Committee on Exotic Plant Pests. - The Consultative Committee on Exotic Plant Incursions. The Director, Resource Protection, represents the NT on the Indonesian International Animal Science Research and Development Foundation (Ini Ansredef). concerned with market access, foreign surveys, extension and research activities within Indonesia that benefit the NT Cattle Industry. The Director, Resource Protection, meets regularly with the Indonesian Agriculture Quarantine Authority to discuss market access and cross training of quarantine officers. Agreement between DBIRD and the Department of Veterinary Services and Animal Industries, Sabah Malaysia, regarding cattle development in Sabah. Collaborative Research Project with Heytesbury Beef in the Victoria River District, conducting research into ways of sustainably increasing cattle production. Research and development projects sponsored by MLA on grazing management and herd management. The department leads a project sponsored by the Cooperative Research Centre for Tropical Savannas to develop techniques for improved understanding and monitoring grazing. Partners include QDPIF, Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Agriculture WA, DIPE and the major pastoral companies. Funding from Land and Water Australia to test and improve the commercial applicability of Aussiegrass, which gives broadscale predictions of pasture availability Collaboration with CDU in the delivery of agricultural and environmental courses. A major initiative to promote indigenous pastoral development in conjunction with the Indigenous Land Corporation, the Northern Land Council and Central Land Council. The Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) has contracted DBIRD to conduct surveillance for exotic fruit fly under the first port of call protocol. DAFF has contracted DBIRD to carry out surveys of high risk areas in the Darwin area to detect potential quarantine pests and diseases as a result of the increased traffic between East Timor and the NT. Commonwealth/States Cost Sharing Agreement to fund the survey and eradication of grapevine leaf rust that was detected in Darwin in July 2001. Continuation of agreement with the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation to research grapevine leaf rust in the NT. DBIRD requested by Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research to manage a project concerned with the quarantine aspects of fruit fly. Department of Business, Industry & Resource Development