Ripe with po­ten­tial

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In­no­va­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion have been iden­ti­fied as the cat­a­lysts for un­lock­ing the po­ten­tial of agri­cul­ture in North­ern Aus­tralia at a con­fer­ence in Dar­win last month.

Twelve fo­rums were con­ducted as part of the sec­ond De­vel­op­ing North­ern Aus­tralia Con­fer­ence.

The food and agribusi­ness fo­rum was fa­cil­i­tated by Pil­bara Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Terry Hill.

Pre­sent­ing the fo­rum find­ings to more than 350 del­e­gates from across Aus­tralia, Mr Hill said North­ern Aus­tralia had huge po­ten­tial for agri­cul­ture.

“The ris­ing mid­dle class in China and other Asian coun­tries will con­tinue to drive de­mand for safe, fresh and high-qual­ity pro­duce,” he said.

“By har­ness­ing emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies, we can de­velop new crops that are bet­ter suited to the cli­mate and en­vi­ron­ment of North­ern Aus­tralia, while also lever­ag­ing ex­ist­ing ex­port in­fra­struc­ture and trade links with Asian mar­kets.

“We’re lead­ing the way in tech­nol­ogy with a crop­ping trial un­der way us­ing mine de­wa­ter to test the fea­si­bil­ity of ir­ri­gated agri­cul­ture in the Pil­bara.”

Re­main­ing com­pet­i­tive in the global mar­ket was also raised as key to grow­ing a sus­tain­able and pros­per­ous in­dus­try.

“We are not alone in tar­get­ing Chi­nese in­vestors and mar­kets; China is the ma­jor trad­ing part­ner for more than 120 other na­tions,” Mr Hill said.

“This is sig­nif­i­cant for us as we need to be a pre­ferred part­ner for trad­ing our re­sources and as a place for fu­ture in­vest­ment.”

Pic­ture: James Court­ney

Pil­bara Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Terry Hill at the De­vel­op­ing North­ern Aus­tralia con­fer­ence.

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