Innovative economic opportunities through sharing sustainable farming systems knowledge

Farmers knowledge exchange (yet to be finalised). Credit: Kamaljit K Sangha

Organisation: Charles Darwin University

Sector: Science, Technology and Innovation

AIC Priority Area: Lifting outcomes in India Economic Strategy sector

Project description

The Australian Government leads agenda on developing northern Australia with a strong emphasis on agriculture. However, the success so far has been limited due to tropical climate and lack of knowledge of suitable farming systems despite the best technology and improved farming techniques.

Because of >60 years of experience of implementing Green Revolution, now resulting in ecological backlash, several farmers in Punjab have started practising a variety of innovative farming systems such as tropical vegetables, horticulture and floriculture, called as Progressive Farming Systems which are very cost-effective, sustainable, and deliver diversified farming options. 

Sharing knowledge of Progressive Farming Systems (from Punjab) and Efficient/Improved Technology (from the NT) among the farmers and experts (researchers+government officials) from both countries will lead to opportunities for developing climate-adaptive, sustainable agribusinesses benefiting both the states. Charles Darwin University, NT and Panjab Agricultural University and Central University in Punjab will host participant visits and workshops.

Key dates

  • 5 August 2019 – NT farmers’ and expert meeting at CDU to organize for a visit to India, Darwin, NT
  • 11 November 2019 – 5-7 NT farmers and 2 experts visit progressive farms and attend workshops at two agricultural universities in Punjab, India (visiting progressive farms across the state, and two universities, Punjab Agricultural University and Central University)
  • 25 January 2020 – 5-7 Punjab farmers and 2 experts visit the NT resource-use efficient farms and attend the workshop at CDU, Darwin, NT

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Last Updated: 20 September 2019