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Newsletter: NT Report

By Han Shiing Siah, 2015 Scholar

December 2017

As another year comes to an end, 2017 was a big year for Nuffield NT. We successfully hosted our first ever Nuffield National Conference, where we welcomed another 24 Scholars into the Nuffield Family. The conference was held at the beautiful Darwin Convention Centre overlooking Stokes Hill Wharf and a cocktail reception was held at the Big Hall in Parliament House, courtesy of the NT Government. The conference concluded with a farewell party at the uniquely awesome Mindil Beach Sunset Markets where the attendees watched the sun set.

NT Farmers assisted to host the two-day regional tour, with CEO Greg Owen as tour leader. The group visited Vietnamese vegetable growers of Marrakai, Window of the Wetlands to great flood plains of the Adelaide River, NT Government Research Farms Beatrice Hill and Costal Plains. The group also visited a tropical fruit farm to snack on mangoes and pomelo, whilst seeing what Jackfruit and Durian trees look like. The group ended the first day at the Palmerston Markets with Asian influence foods.

The second day of the tour started with a visit to NT Livestock Exporter Association export yard at Berrimah, followed by 2016 Scholar Dan Richards ever-expanding Barramundi Farm where we tucked into a mouth drooling Barra Burger cooked by the Humpty Doo Barra Crew. Excitement went up another notch with a cruise down the Adelaide River to feed very hungry saltwater crocodiles as part of a Jumping Crocodile Cruise. After a quick drink at the world famous Humpty Doo Hotel, the tour ended with sunset and a farewell dinner at the Darwin Sailing Club.

I thank all the Nuffield NT helpers and the Nuffield management team for making this conference run without an incident. The next day it was back to boring mangoes for me! But I am looking forward to the 2018 Conference in Victoria.

Most horticultural crops have completed for the season up here, with many farmers winding down and taking some much needed rest and relaxation. Cattle trucks are traveling up to the Darwin Wharf in great numbers as there is key demand. Either that or its because the big wet will be here soon and most roads will be blocked off for weeks. An above average rainfall is expected in this wet season, meaning a bigger year ahead of us! Merry Christmas to you all and hope you have a wonderful New Year!

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