Media Release

NT, have your say on the Agriculture White Paper

11 March 2014

The Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper Taskforce will be in the Northern Territory this month to meet face-to-face with those who know agriculture best.

These meetings provide an opportunity for people to put forward big ideas for creating a stronger, more profitable and more sustainable agriculture sector.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, urged Northern Territorians with a passion for agriculture to contribute to the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper process.

“The Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper Taskforce will visit Katherine and Darwin to consult about the issues paper – the first step in the white paper development process,” Minister Joyce said.

“We really want those with ideas, enthusiasm and knowledge to get involved in this process and have their say on how to sustain and grow the agriculture sector into the future.”

Australia’s agriculture sector is an important contributor to the Australian economy, as our farmers produce around $50 billion worth of food and fibre each year, with exports valued at almost $40 billion.

“We want your thoughts on how we can increase competitiveness and farmgate profitability while contributing to the prosperity of our rural and regional communities,” Minister Joyce said.

“Roundtable meetings with invited farmers and other agricultural representatives, along with scheduled one-on-one meetings, have been organised and I encourage those committed to making our agricultural industries stronger to take an interest and have a say.”

If you would like to make a one-on-one appointment with the taskforce while they are near you, phone 02 6271 6272 or email

The taskforce has been visiting towns and regional centres around Australia to meet with local farmers and industry representatives to get their ideas. 

Building on our strengths in agriculture is part of the Australian Government’s plan to build a diverse 5-Pillar economy to generate jobs and deliver a stronger, more prosperous economy.

If you are not attending a roundtable or have been unable to make a one-on-one appointment, you can still make a submission. To find out how, visit

Submissions are due by 5 pm, 17 April 2014.

Town Date
Katherine 25 March
Darwin 24 March