The Northern Territory’s single largest land release for agricultural development has achieved a major milestone with the announcement of AAM Investment Group Pty Ltd as the selected preferred developer.
AAM Investment Group’s vision is to contribute to the development of a thriving agricultural powerhouse along the Keep River Road, while supporting existing and new food supply chain opportunities that have a beneficial social and economic impact on local and regional communities. Their proposal does this by beginning with dry land farming on Keep Plains, while at the same pursuing options for cultivating irrigated crops such as plantations of mangoes, bananas and nut trees, including maize and a broad range of other fruit and vegetables.
AAM Investment Group and the Northern Territory Land Corporation will now enter into negotiations to finalise a Project Development Agreement.
NTLC has now finalised its assessment of submissions received for Wildman Agricultural Precinct and Larrimah Agricultural Precinct.
NT Farmers Association CEO Paul Burke says that Agriculture is Australia’s fastest growing sector, and these three large scale agricultural land development will see northern Australia capitalise on the increasing demand for premium quality Australian produce, ensure sustainable continuity of food supply for domestic and export markets and enhance the profitability and economic resilience of the region.
Australian melon grower ‘Greenview Farm Pty Ltd’ has been announced as the successful commercialhorticultural company which will undertake broad-acre farming activities on 200 hectares of land at the Douglas Daly Research Farm. Greenview Farm directors Jamie and Maria Schembri bring vast experience in agriculture and horticultural production and access to established markets.
Jamie said, “we have been looking to further expand our operations in the Northern Territory to develop more winter production of melons and trial new produce. This provides the ideal opportunity to lengthen and strengthen winter supply windows into our key domestic and export markets, including NZ and Singapore.”
Greenview Farm will also be growing an additional 65 ha of watermelons under licence at Ebenezer Waters on Oolloo Road which is expected to provide between 6000 and 7000 tonnes of melons to be produced in the combined areas all requiring local hand harvesting, grading and transport to market.
“We will be seeking to engage a local workforce, and work with local organisations and Indigenous groups and enterprises to get involved and develop new skills and competencies to contribute to the ongoing expansion of the important NT melon industry” said Jamie.