The 2018 Developing Northern Australia Conference is almost here again and will this year be held at Alice Springs Convention Centre over Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 June. 

Mr Andrew Philip, Katherine Industry Development Officer with the NT Farmers Association joins us at the Conference to discuss ‘Horticulture industry development in the NT’.


The development of the horticulture industry in the NT from almost nothing in 1980 to over a $250M in 2016 was the result of sustainable business development models rather than any government intervention or support. These business models have five very simple principles as their basis.

The presentation will discuss the birth and development of three separate horticulture industries in the Top End. Mangoes started with hundreds of small growers in the Darwin area. Mangoes are now the largest crop in the NT, which produces almost half of Australia’s mangoes and is still growing. The bulk of the winter production of melons comes from the Northern Australia and has attracted medium-sized interstate businesses to invest in regional NT and extend their growing period.
The most amazing success comes from the Vietnamese and Cambodian vegetable and mango growers. They began by being funded entirely by the southern markets, with very limited access to capital or government assistance. These NT growers now supply an estimated $40M of a wide range of Asian melons, cucumbers, snake beans, okra, green mango varieties and other vegetables and herbs throughout the southern winter.


A Market Linkage and Agricultural Development Business Specialist with a very strong management background founded on a deep commercial experience in agricultural agronomy, production, value chain and marketing. Andrew has a wide marketing, agricultural development and agronomic knowledge across many crops, climatic conditions and regions from production right through to marketing and value adding; in running what was Australia’s largest tomato operation, with significant tree crops and more recently in international development. Andrew has extensive supply chain contacts including farmers, retailers and major wholesalers in the Australasian, Middle East and Asian regions. He is determined in pursing excellence with value chain expertise in all agricultural and business undertakings; demonstrating strong business development and relationship management skills, proven commitment of targets and business objectives, sales and marketing skills and have a real passion agricultural development.

For more information on the 2018 Developing Northern Australia Conference and to secure your spot in Alice Springs this June please visit the conference website.