Issue 10
Monday, 02 December 2019
Charles Darwin University
From left: Mil Jakobi, DB White, Dr Kamaljit Sanghar, Volker
From left: Mil Jakobi, DB White, Dr Kamaljit Sanghar, Volker "Bluey" Stoldt and Greg Owens

Funding to further sustainable farming in NT, India

By Andrew Hall

A $66,000 Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) grant will facilitate exchanges of sustainable farming practices between Northern Territory agriculturalists and their Indian counterparts.

Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL) Research Fellow Dr Kamaljit Sangha led a group of eight NT farmers on a tour of the sub-continent’s Punjab agricultural region, which also will include workshops at two of the region’s higher education institutes.

Dr Sangha said the project was about exploring economic opportunities by visiting “progressive” farms in Punjab, with reciprocal visits to the NT to take place in 2020.

“There will be an emphasis on the diversification of agricultural practices and products, including crops, fruits and vegetables, by exchanging farmers’ knowledge. This will also open new economic opportunities,” Dr Sangha said.

The Central University of Punjab will host a one-day workshop for exchange delegates and the farmers and members of the Punjab Government on 7 December.

“The workshop will explore ways of sharing knowledge in more effective ways and will feature inputs from the specialists from the Central University, Punjab Agricultural University and Indian Government Agricultural Department,” Dr Sangha said. 

“There has been such a lot of interest from farmers in the NT and India that in 2020 we plan to extend the program into other Australian and Indian states.

“I am grateful that DFAT funded the full extent of the grant proposal and I look forward to working closely with them and other state and federal agencies on this exciting project.”