Giles Govt Funds VHT Plant To Assist Mango Exports

Giles Govt Funds VHT Plant To Assist Mango Exports

Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries Gary Higgins

$2 Million Boost For Mango Growers

Victor P Taffa

The Northern Territory (NT) government today launched a $2 Million investment in mango production by putting up seed capital for a Vapour Heat Treatment (VHT) plant in the NT for the mango industry, as part of the 2016-17 Budget.

 

Fruit fly susceptible fruit require a range of post-harvest disinfestation treatments to meet market access for a range of international markets. By establishing a disinfestation facility in the NT, NT mangoes will be able to be sent to export markets in a timely manner and in better condition, creating market advantage for our product.

“This is terrific news, as this investment lays the cornerstone for future jobs, opportunities and growth for the Territory.” Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries, Gary Higgins said.

“Investing in advancing the NT agricultural industry is an investment in sustainable growth and jobs. As a former mango grower, I know that this government understands the needs of the industry, and simply put, there has never been a better time to be a NT mango grower.”

NT Minister for Primary Industries Gary Higgins

NT Minister for Primary Industries and Fisheries Gary Higgins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australian mangos have approved access to China, Korea and Japan utilising VHT, with the closest treatment facility being in Queensland.

Today’s announcement enables local growers, to process and export from the NT. This will keep more jobs, and money in the Territory.

The government’s budget is all about delivering for community, securing prosperity and building the Territory.