31 May 2017
Minister for Primary Industry and Resources
Minister for Primary Industries and Resources Ken
Vowles this week launched the Investing
in the Horticulture Growth of Central Australia prospectus to promote and support new
opportunities and diversification of crops in Central Australia.
The investment prospectus was launched at the Arid Zone Research Institute (AZRI) in Alice Springs and aims to encourage new business and create local jobs.
Minister Vowles said the Territory Labor Government is developing horticultural agribusiness in the Central Australia region and the prospectus will assist with trade, investment attraction and job creation.
“There is a very real opportunity for this industry to grow and create jobs in Central Australia - this prospectus highlights our distinct market advantage in Australia as well as overseas with counter-seasonal opportunities to potential investors,” Mr Vowles said.
“Many crops that grow in the Territory mature earlier than those grown in southern Australian because our production areas are closer to the equator.
“There are many opportunities in Central Australian horticulture and this prospectus offers advice and opportunities to new investors.”
Mr Vowles said the prospectus is a first step for investors to get a basic understanding of the area, they will then need to conduct more detailed investigations and due diligence before investment.
The prospectus covers all of the water control districts in Central Australia including Alice Springs, Ti Tree, Western Davenport, Tennant Creek and the Great Artesian Basin, detailing local information on climate conditions, water quality and availability, advantages of Central Australia for investment, potential crops, key infrastructure, topography, land tenure and detailed information on key precincts for development.
The NT Government also announced almost $10 million in Budget 2017 to identify potential productive land for future use in regional areas through the Mapping the Future program, mapping soil, water and biodiversity assets across the Territory.
Mr Vowles said the prospectus was developed by the Central Australian Horticultural Development Project team in consultation with the Central Australian Development Office (CADO).
“We are fortunate that two of the main horticultural enterprises in Central Australia, Desert Springs Melons from Ali Curung, and Rocky Hill Table Grapes from Alice Springs, agreed to be included as case studies of successful investment,” Mr Vowles said.
The Investing in the Horticulture Growth of Central Australia prospectus is available at www.dpir.nt.gov.au/primary-industry/agricultural-developments/plant-industries-development
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