Scoping The Development Needs For The Northern Territory Vegetable Industry
The vegetable industry of the Northern is worth about $11m, 90% of this being Asian vegetables. 95% of the growers of this produce are of Vietnamese origin. These growers face significant technology transfer problems resulting in poor production technology leading to poor yields and soil borne disease problems, environmental conflicts due to poor pest and disease control programs and market failure due to poor understanding of the operation of the central markets and quality failures. The project addressed fundamental issues such as how to effectively communicate with the Vietnamese growers In Northern Territory and then focused on basic agronomic information relevant to the region such as the use of fertigation, plastic mulch, and hybrid seed, chemical use and insect identification.