More than 1000 square kilometres of the Northern Territory has been made available for agricultural development.
The land is being marketed to developers as suitable for broadacre cropping.
It is the Territory's largest ever single release of farm land.
The land releases are centred on the former Wildman River Station west of Kakadu National Park, Keep Plains on the NT/WA border which adjoins the Ord scheme and Larrimah on the Stuart Highway between Mataranka and Daly Waters.
The Larrimah Agricultural Precinct includes almost 6000 hectares just south of the small town.
A recent assessment confirmed about 2100ha of the Larrimah land was suitable for irrigated crops.
Part of the former Wildman River Station on Port Stuart Road was bought for agricultural development in the early 1980s across 26,000 hectares.
Recent studies prepared by CSIRO on behalf of the Federal Government confirm the viability of the area for agricultural development. The NT Land Corporation is proposing to develop the area as an agricultural precinct.
The third land parcel is the biggest, the 67500ha Keep Plains development along the NT/WA border.
Part of the land, located along the Keep River and adjoining WA's Ord developments, have been earmarked for large scale agricultural development since the 1990s.
NT Land Corporation, in partnership with NT Farmers Association, will soon be calling for expressions of interests for three three prospective agricultural land developments.
NT Farmers Association CEO Paul Burke said one of the biggest challenges to agricultural development in the NT was access to land that is suitable for broadacre cropping activities.
There has been a big push in the NT in recent years to diversify away from big beef-only pastoral holdings and into crops like cotton and rice.
"The release of these highly prospective large scale agricultural land developments will see the Territory capitalise on the increasing demand for quality Australian produce, ensure sustainable continuity of food supply for national and export markets and enhance the profitability and economic resilience of the region," Mr Burke said.
Potential developers are being told Keep Plains offers the potential to establish a variety of commercial broadacre crops, as well as demonstrate how thriving agricultural precincts can be developed where good soil and water resources co-exist, across jurisdictional boundaries.
Wildman land, located 135km east of Darwin, has the capacity to accommodate multiple agricultural and horticultural activities and high yield crops such as bananas, and including rain fed forestry such as mahogany as well as cattle production.
Larrimah land is billed as having "a unique seasonal advantage, extending the season for crops such as the Territory staples of mangoes, citrus and melons as well as presenting opportunities for a range of dryland and irrigated crops and the development of intensified beef operations".
Mr Burke said agricultural development would bring significant long-term opportunities and sustainable economic benefits to the Territory.
Mr Burke said, "These are exciting investment opportunities for emerging agribusiness in the Northern Territory which will consolidate the region's already strong reputation as a premium quality food producer for global markets.
Experienced developers are invited to register their interest at ntlandcorp.com.au/expressions-of-interest/ to receive to receive upcoming agricultural land release information, briefing dates and when EOIs will open.
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