4 March 2014
As the Federal Government launches its white paper on developing northern Australia, a session is being held on this very topic at the ABARES conference in Canberra.
Successes and failures in agriculture of the past 40 years are bound to be discussed, as various crops and potential ventures are studied.
Retired Darwin farmer and NT Farmers Association representative, Ian Baker, is attending the conference this week in the ACT.
He says it’s important to give a Top End voice and point of view to the debate.
“We’ve got to get markets and economics right.
“It’s much more than just having land and water and it’s good to hear people are thinking the right way,” he said.
“If we’re going to develop northern agriculture, it needs to be focussed on what’s north of us, not south of us.
“We need to forgot about southern agriculture and focus on the regions north of us.”
Courtesy of ABC News