High-end farmers are exploring new ways to grow tropical fruits to protect the Northern Food Bowl.
Northern Territory’s traditional low-density fruit and vegetable production systems are particularly vulnerable to tropical storms.
In a statement to reporters, Northern Australian Minister David Littleprod told reporters that severe weather damage had prevented the sector from reaching its full potential.
In a joint $ 2.7 million project, it will try to install high-density mango and trillis in Mangolo, Catherine, about 300 km south of Darwin.
The growing Jacqueline industry is bidding to further increase its $ 445 million annual agricultural trade.
“This project offers a variety of options for fruit and vegetable growers in the north,” said Mr. Littlepd.
It also gives them the confidence to invest in new production systems that will increase crop productivity and reduce the risks associated with tropical storms.
Data will be collected on tree growth rates, fertilizer and irrigation inputs, pest and disease issues, tree development, flowering and harvest dates, and fruit and vegetable rehabilitation.
The impact of tree survival and weather events during hurricanes is also documented.
In general, the project is to show farmers the benefits of a next-generation fruit production system that can be adapted to different tropical species based on specific crops and location.
The three-year project is funded by the Federal Government of Australia’s North Australian Development Cooperative Research Center.
It is being co-sponsored by the New Testament, the Governments of Queensland and Western Australia, Manbululo Limited, Zapala Tropics, the NT Farmers Association and Grecom.
The federal government will invest $ 900,000 in New Testament investment, and the NT government will add an additional $ 400,000.