The Indigenous Agriculture Development project (IADP) is proposed to assist Traditional Owner groups entering into the agriculture, forestry and fisheries industries. The development of a broadacre industry within the Northern Territory presents some real and available business opportunities for Traditional Owners.
Agriculture has long been a key economic pillar of the Northern Territory, although in general terms Indigenous Territorians have not benefited from this development. With significant parcels of suitable land and access to Indigenous Water Reserves on the Indigenous Estate, opportunities are clearly deliverable. NT Farmers represents Broadacre Cropping, Fodder Production, Horticulture, Forestry and the Buffalo Industry, all these industry sectors offer great potential for Indigenous participation.
Strategic Aboriginal Water Reserves gives significant opportunity for the development of successful businesses on the Indigenous Land Estate. Projects would be one of inclusion and working with Traditional Owners through the entire process from concept to realization of the development. This would include expert advice, advocacy and identification of training and skills gaps and ensuring these gaps are mitigated through a tailored suite of training measures.