Agriculture Insight

Think of your favourite meal. What are the ingredients that make up that dish? Have you ever considered how much of what is on your plate is grown or raised in the Northern Territory (NT)? The major agricultural products produced in the NT include buffalo, cattle, crocodile, mango, melon, citrus, grape, tropical fruit, broadacre crops, vegetables and herbs. The importance of the agriculture industry cannot be overstated. It is the industry that feeds the nation and more. Locally grown crops and livestock are harvested, processed, and distributed all over the nation. These goods are made available in local farmer’s markets to large food retailers for public consumption. In addition to this, this industry also exports a large variety of crops and livestock to our neighbouring nations. Some of these countries that the Northern Territory trade with heavily rely on the crops and livestock that we place on the international market.

The industry is an extremely interesting sector to explore. Rich in history and variety, it also faces its challenges. The workforce behind this industry is varied and distributed across the Territory. From regional locations to very remote sites, the agriculture industry is spread across the NT. The different locations are more conducive for different types of crops and livestock, as the type of seasonal weather changes from the Top End to the tip of the South Australian border. The large spectrum of the sector translates to a variety of skills sets that are required. Our engagement with industry uncovered workforce challenges in the roles of farmers, agricultural scientists, governesses, and other non-traditional agricultural roles. With travel restrictions reducing access to an international pool of holiday workers, there is an acute need for employment to to be sourced locally. This could be an opportunity for locals to explore other job markets. If you are not sure what to study or are considering a career path in the hospitality industry, then take a look at the occupations in demand to guide your decision making.

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