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Other Crops

NT Farmers Association represent various crops that are still emerging industries.

These crops include fruit, vegetable and various broad acre crops. Some of this produce is already in the market and other varieties are still in the development and research stage.

Currently, these developing or emerging industries represent approximately $17.7 million in produce equating to 4500 tonne.

The Sweetest Job Campaign

The Sweetest Job Campaign In 2018 NT Farmers partnered with Regional Development Australia NT, NT Government, Litchfield Council and Stones Throw Group to run a suite of pre-employment sessions for candidates to learn about the requirements of the mango harvest. The project resulted in Employers listing 24 positions in the Greater Darwin area, those positions were filled with NT residents. NOTE: this page is also linked via our recent achievements

The Sweetest Job

Current Projects List

Workforce Planning Coordinator – Funded by the NT Government

The role of the Workplace Planning Coordinator is to engage with Government and Industry to facilitate and support improved access to and participation of skilled and seasonal labour in the Horticulture and Agriculture sectors of the NT.


Economic Profile of Plant Industries in the Northern Territory

The Profile is being developed due to a lack of up to date data on the economic contribution of plant industries in the Northern Territory. Having accurate data is crucial to all areas of work undertaken by NT Farmers Association, but primarily needed for effective advocacy. The Profile will focus on a number of economic parameters which are:

  • Volume and value of production (GVP)
  • Area under production
  • Total capital investment
  • Total annual expenditure
  • Direct employment
  • Total freight

NT Farmers Policy Position Papers

The position papers are being developed to enable NT Farmers to have a clear set of policy positions on a number of thematic areas. This will enable NT Farmers Association to be effective in its advocacy and also helps develop projects that are to be carried out by NTFA on behalf of members. The areas being focused on are:

  • Infrastructure
  • Water
  • Freight and transport
  • Strengthening the farming sectors
  • Biosecurity
  • Labour and workforce
  • Land
  • R&D
  • Health and wellbeing


VG12113 Vegetable Engagement Project (NT Only)
Completed July 2016

The Vegetable Engagement Project developed two-way communication channels between the NT Vegetable Growers and the NT Farmers Association, to facilitate best practice needs and the activities required to facilitate the adoption of best practice. The project was instrumental in assisting vegetable growers through two major biosecurity incursions, by maintaining market access and implementing best practice on farm biosecurity.

VG15044 National Regional Capacity Building Project for Vegetables
Commences August 2016 – until July 2019

That National Regional Capacity Building Projects for Vegetables are funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited using the vegetable industry levy and funds from the Australian Government.
The project will build on the success of the engagement project by further facilitating the adoption of best practice in the areas of production, supply chain, and business practices. The capacity building project is part of a national group of projects to achieve the same outcomes across Australia. The project is specifically designed to bring the results of current research in the vegetable field to the Northern Territory Growers.

VG15013 CGMMV R&D Project

The CGMMV Project is a national project headed by NT DPIF to identify the gaps in the knowledge of various aspects of CGMMV. These aspects include, diagnostics, investigating possible transmission of the virus by bees, improved seed screening techniques for the virus and study of the longevity of the virus in tropical soils. NTFA is part of a national project team and is tasked with extending the findings of the research to industry and incorporating any relevant findings into on farm biosecurity best practice for CGMMV.

Action on the Ground Project

NT DPIF and NT Farmers are continuing to look at aspects of Nitrogen nutrition in mango orchards. The goal is to develop recommendations for the most efficient Nitrogen use and the least possible greenhouse emissions within tropical mango orchard management.

Landcare Spray Technology Project

The spray innovation workshops run in conjunction with NT DPIF Katherine will demonstrate the improved efficiency possible by incorporating modern nozzle and control systems management in broadacre or row crop spraying.

Landcare IPM in Vegetables Project

The IPM Project will link with the capacity building project and the Soil Wealth Project to set up and operate a demonstration site that investigates appropriate IMP programs for Top End trellis vegetable crops in conjunction with the DPI Entomology section.

NT Land Use Mapping Project

The Department of Land Resource Management is conducting a detailed land use mapping survey of the Northern Territory, funded by the Federal Government for use in biosecurity planning. NT Farmers Association and NT DPIF have been subcontracted to ground proof the remote data and provide plant industry specific information into assigning individual enterprise land use details.

Soil Wealth Demonstration Site Project

Soil Wealth and Integrated Crop Protection Projects are funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited using the vegetable industry levy and funds from the Australian Government.
The Soil Wealth Demonstration Site and Berry Springs links the NT with the soil wealth demo sites across Australia. It provides support for analysing soil wealth parameters in the NT and aims to assess the current best practice in soil management. Territory Natural Resource Management is providing support for the site as part of its sustainable production practices objectives in their Natural Resource Management Plan for the Top End.
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Magpie Geese Management Project

CDU is leading a project to investigate the current behaviour of Magpie Geese in Mango orchards in the Top End, in conjunction with NT DPIF and NT Farmers Association. The University is funding a PhD student who will look at the movement patterns of the birds during the mango fruiting period and investigate some of the potential control methods used across the world, and assess whether they are viable options for bird management in the NT.

Workforce Planning Coordinator – Funded by the NT Government

The role of the Workplace Planning Coordinator is to engage with Government and Industry to facilitate and support improved access to and participation of skilled and seasonal labour in the Horticulture and Agriculture sectors of the NT.

Biosecurity Liason

Biosecurity Liason:

The NT vegetable, tropical fruit and mango growers are a very diverse group and include many South East Asian nationalities. There is a corresponding diversity of awareness regarding biosecurity risk to the horticultural productivity of the region and also how good on farm biosecurity practices can be beneficial.

This project is funded through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, aims to increase engagement with growers and raise awareness of the importance of biosecurity to their business. NT Farmers Association has employed Simone Cameron to fill this position, with her background in farming, combined with her agronomy and teaching experience she will be a great asset to the industry.

Simone Cameron
” Simone Cameron – Biosecurity Officer”

Banana Industry

The banana industry is in a hiatus with the onset of Banana Freckle which is a disease caused by a fungus that infects the leaves and fruit of bananas. Infected fruit develops sandpaper like spots on the leaves and fruit caused by the disease’s fungal spore structures. Banana freckle was detected in the Top End of the Northern Territory (NT) in 2013, and a campaign to eradicate it is under way. About 3000 Darwin area residents and growers who had their banana plants destroyed during the first phase of the eradication program have been invited to join the next stage of the eradication program by planting sentinel banana plants. If you were offered a place in the sentinel program, please reply by the letter or email you received. From 1 May 2016 you must have a permit to obtain banana plants in red zones. All banana plants in red zones must be covered by a permit or they will be destroyed.

To apply for a banana permit or for more information on the sentinel planting stage of the banana freckle eradication program visit the NT Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries website visa:


NT Farmers Association has a large amount of Asian vegetables and other vegetables grown in the NT. The total production is around $38.5million for Asian vegetables and $5.5million for other vegetables.

The most common Asian vegetables are snake bean, buk choy, wombok, okra, bitter melon and long melon (considered veggies not fruits).

Other vegetables grown in the NT are lettuce, cucumber, tomato, zucchini, pumpkin and chilli.

Other varieties continues to be developed and researched.

Nursery and Turf

The Nursery and Turf sector including growers, retailers, landscape designers, contractors and other allied traders are represented by NT Farmers Association.
The value of this sector is estimated at $17.7 million and continues to increase and develop it’s market share.

NT Mango Industry

Sarah Hain is the Industry Development Officer for the Australian Mango Industry Association for growers and industry located in the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

The Northern Territory Mango Industry Association (NTMIA), is a member group of NT Farmers Association and represents the Territory’s largest horticultural production with more than $112million worth of production annually.

This equates to approximately 40,000 tonnes of Mangoes and they cover approximately 6350 hectares – that’s a lot of mangoes!

The NTMIA Board consists of:

  • President: Leo Skliros
  • Vice President: Wayne Quach
  • Treasurer: Tou Saramat Ruchkaew
  • Public Officer: Ian Quin
  • Director: David Hague
  • Director: Han Shong Siah
  • Director: Jessie Jenkins
  • Director: Mitchael Curtis
  • Director: Phillipa Johnson