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The NT Cattlemen’s Association will argue for a proactive drought strategy.
The NTCA is part of the Prime Minister’s national drought summit in Canberra today.
NTCA members manage 9 per cent of the Australian landmass or 700,000 square km or 70 million hectares of the NT’s 1.4 million square kms. The industry generates more the $700m in production annually.
NTCA President Chris Nott said the NTCA has been a key player on the national arena in the positive advocacy for good drought policy for over 30 years.
“We want to see a proactive drought policy focused on tax and income management, infrastructure development and genuine preparedness,” Mr Nott said. “We must be ahead of the game and it might be time to broaden the term drought to include ‘exceptional circumstances’ like bushfires.”
Mr Nott said Central Australia was prone to drought and a policy response has to take into account the NT’s needs.
“There has to be a plan post drought which allows pastoralists the opportunity to restock their properties,” he said. “We destock during drought and then we have to restock our breeders to recover - a government plan to help this is essential.”