Northern Territory networking to ensure region’s food future
Senior Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade staff spent last week helping connect farmers and businesses at the 2021 Northern Australia Food Futures Conference.
The fourth annual conference hosted at the Darwin Convention Centre was attended by hundreds of farmers, agribusiness owners and industry leaders interested in the latest agriculture developments.
Here to discuss balancing agricultural development and the environment, the delegates also had an opportunity to network with important stakeholders from Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland, Canberra and the Territory.
The department helped take that one step further with its Business Matching Lounge.
Through the lounge the senior agricultural staff from plant industries, animal welfare, biosecurity, research and development, and strategic planning worked to connect farmers and businesses.
The department’s Senior Executive Directors, Phil Hausler and Lorraine Corowa, met with hundreds of industry stakeholders, investors, potential investors and counterparts from Northern Australia.
The Business Matching Lounge was a huge success and provided a vital central hub for meetings and informal conversations.
Phil and Lorraine are confident that the meetings have strengthened relationships and will result in new agribusiness activity in the NT.
The Director of Plant Industries, Matt Hall, says conference attendees took advantage of the breaks between sessions to discuss new ways of increasing the competitiveness and profitability of their horticulture, pasture, forestry and cropping businesses.