1362.7 - Regional Statistics, Northern Territory, 2007  
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Agriculture and Fisheries


Agriculture and fisheries contribute 5.1% to the Northern Territory's total exports, from a diverse range of activities such as live cattle exports, field crops, fruit and vegetables and seafood. The agricultural, forestry and fishing sectors employed 2% of the Northern Territory's labour force in 2006.

Of the field crops grown in the Northern Territory, only seed and hay crops are grown across most regions. Cereal crops, primarily sorghum, are only grown in the Daly region, and peanuts only in the Lower Top End region. No field crops are grown in East Arnhem. Seed and hay crops, with a value of $11.34million, comprised 98% of field crop tonnage in 2006.

Fruits and vegetables are grown throughout the Northern Territory (aside from the East Arnhem region). The total value of the fruit crops grown in the NT was $51.07 million, with 50.4% grown in Litchfield Shire region, followed by the Lower Top End NT region, producing $11.8million of fruit from the farming districts to the north and south of Katherine. The main fruit crop grown is mango. $26.88 million of vegetables were grown in the NT, with 85% grown in the Litchfield region. The second largest vegetable growing region was Alligator, with a variety of Asian vegetables grown in the far western area of the region.

Of the 201 482 cattle exported from the NT in 2005-06 only 1644 were sourced from interstate, a decrease on the 13 172 cattle sourced from interstate in 2004-05.

% live cattle exports originating from NT, Through Port of Darwin: 2001-06
Graph: % live cattle exports originating from NT, Through Port of Darwin: 2001-06

The majority of the cattle exported from the Northern Territory are exported to Indonesia (85.7%), followed by Philippines (6.2%) and Brunei (3.3%).

The fishing industry had a total estimated value of $139.83 million in 2005-06. The contribution of the various sectors to the total value of production has varied over the last 5 years due to seasonal factors affecting species differently.

% Contribution to Fishing Industry Value, Northern Territory: 2001-2006
Graph: % Contibution to Fishing Industry Value, Northern Territory: 2001-2006

Further information on agriculture and fisheries in the Northern Territory is available from the following source:

Agricultural commodities, Australia, 2004-05 (cat. no. 7121.0)