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A focus on NT success at 2018 Food Futures

BRIGHT FUTURE: National Farmers Federation President Brent Finlay in the middle with Federal Labor Shadow Minister for Agriculture Joel Fitzgibbon and Federal Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston at the 2016 event.
BRIGHT FUTURE: National Farmers Federation President Brent Finlay in the middle with Federal Labor Shadow Minister for Agriculture Joel Fitzgibbon and Federal Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston at the 2016 event. Shane Eecen

NT Farmers Association is gearing up for the third Northern Australia Food Futures conference in Darwin on July 2-4, 2018.

The 2016 Food Futures conference won the National Best Event for the association and government category at the 2017 Meetings and Events Australia awards night.

These conferences have been instrumental in including the voices of northern Australian farmers in the developing the north agenda.

Farmers from the NT, north-west Queensland and northern Western Australia have had their say on how they managed to build successful businesses in northern Australia.

The message that there are very successful agri-businesses already established in the north is critical for the rest of Australia to hear.

What did these businesses do to be successful in the north and what can new investors and new farmers learn from these businesses before they start out in the tropics?

There are some key messages of, starting small /growing big, factor in the cost of learning and get technical and business advice from people experienced with tropical agriculture, that underpin those businesses that have succeeded in the north.

Look out for articles about these businesses in Rural Weekly coming soon.

The conference maintains it's focus on locals with a series of regional roadshows across the NT, north-west Queensland and northern Western Australia, that connect the main conferences back to the regions.

Farmers at the roadshows get together with local business and community members and hear about what is happening locally and in the other northern jurisdictions.

This is a good chance to reality check ideas and plans and look at what policy and investment directions should work in that local region.

The next roadshow is scheduled for March 28, 2018 in Kununurra.

NT Farmers welcomes the funding announcement from NT Minister for Primary Industry Ken Vowles for the three new industry development officer positions at NTFA for the next three years.

These positions will enable the association to deliver a wider range of industry development services to agri-businesses across the NT.

The investment in NTFA by the NT Government for a workplace planning coordinator, plant industries development officer for the Katherine region and the mango industry business development officer will allow us to increase our support for industry in developing the northern Australia horticulture and agriculture sectors.

Topics:  column darwin developing the north farming food futures 2018 greg owens northern food futures conference northern territory nt farmers nt farmers association rural


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