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Supporting Jobs in the NT’s Agriculture Sector at AGMIN

Office of the Chief Minister

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Paul Kirby, is today travelling to Adelaide to attend the Agriculture Ministers’ Forum (AGMIN).

The Territory’s agricultural sector employs people across the NT and the Territory Labor Government is growing the sector to create more jobs.

Live exports are on the agenda and Mr Kirby will ensure continuing improvements to the trade are developed in consultation with industry, and support our cattle and buffalo sectors. These sectors provide jobs for Territorians and build our economy through trade with our northern neighbours.

He will also discuss the Territory’s high biosecurity standards – proven with the recent handling of the citrus canker outbreak and the declaration last week that the NT’s banana freckle program has successfully eradicated the disease from the Territory.

Quotes from Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Paul Kirby:

“Agribusiness is a strong and stable contributor to Territory jobs and our economy, and we are focused on growing the sector to create more jobs for Territorians.

“The Territory punches above its weight when it comes to agriculture – the gross value of our primary industries and fisheries sector is more than half a billion dollars a year at the farm gate.

“Agribusiness employs people across the NT and is especially important for employment in rural and regional areas. It also supports other sectors of our economy, such as transport, storage and retail trade.

“Demand from Asian markets to our north mean there is plenty of room for growth in the industry, and I will repeat loud and proud at AGMIN – the Territory is open for business and our agricultural sector will play a major role in Developing the North.”

Media Contact: Leanne Hudson 0427 687 079