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Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy



Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy

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Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 157 Northern Territory Economy disease is a fungal infection that reduces watermelon yield by killing leaves and seedlings in the seedling trays as well as causing wilting and vine collapse in the field. This disease was first detected in the Territory in May2011. The value of banana production in the Territory is estimated to decrease by 52.4percent to $5.42million in 201213, mainly due to a 60.7percent decline in prices. The large fall in prices was driven by a recovery in the banana crop in Queensland, which was devastated by Cyclone Yasi in early 2011 leading to a spike in prices. As banana production in Queensland has recovered over 2012 and 2013, prices have steadily dropped, reducing the value of the Territorys production. Additionally, growth in banana production was constrained by Panama disease, a root and wilt disorder only found in the Territory and for which there is no current solution. Table grape production in the Territory is estimated to have declined in 201213 as some growers lost crops to bad weather and there were steep falls in prices, due to high levels of supply from Queensland entering the market early in the season. Date production is expected to have remained stable from the previous year. A wide range of vegetables, including Asian vegetables, pumpkins and Lebanese cucumbers are grown in the Territory, with production focused mostly in Darwins rural area and on small holdings by familyrun businesses. Most of the Asian vegetables grown in the Territory are for eventual sale to retailers in Sydney and Melbourne. The value of vegetable production is estimated to increase in 201213 from $20.5million to $59.9million. This may have been largely as a result of increased plantation by producers. Most vegetables are grown on small holdings that are not fully cultivated, hence production can be increased with relative ease. The largest contributors to overall vegetable production in the Territory are okra, bittermelon, pumpkin and snake bean. Okra production in 201213 is estimated at $13.7million, bitter melon at $9.8million, pumpkin at $9.7million and snake bean at $9.4million. Cucumbers also comprise of a large proportion of vegetable production and are estimated at $7.2million in 201213. Cucumber production has been increasing in recent years, with growers expanding production by increasing the number and sizes of shade houses (all cucumbers in Darwin are grown under shade cloth). Pumpkin production was estimated at $9.7million in 201213, up from $4.7million in 201112 as a result of significant price increases. There are 15 major plant nurseries in the Territory, employing 74 fulltime and 23 parttime people. Industry turnover is estimated to be $15.0million in 201213, an increase of 9.5percent on the previous year. Eight of the nurseries have retail outlets in the Territory while the remaining seven are wholesalers which supply to local and interstate retailers. Bananas Other Fruits Vegetables Nurseries