The Katherine Research Station is hosting its annual Katherine Farm and Garden Day under the theme of "Celebrating the diversity of agriculture in the Northern Territory" tomorrow, Saturday April 6.
NT Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries (DPIF) Regional Director Neil MacDonald said this year’s event will brings together the knowledge, creativity and diversity of staff, agricultural businesses and groups to showcase the great things primary industries in the territory are achieving.
“Katherine Research Station plays an important role in conducting and applying research into beef cattle and property management, animal health, rangeland management, field crops and horticulture, and the Farm and Garden Day gives people an opportunity to learn more about what we do and how we can assist industry,” Mr MacDonald said.
“The farm tours are always a highlight of the day and represent a great way for locals to experience the scale and depth of the research that goes on behind our front gate.
“The tour will explore mango variety trials, a mahogany tree plantation, the horticulture block boasting 50 different rice variety crops, and a cattle herd that has been used in Departmental trials that aim to improve fertility and live weight gain.
“Other family orientated activities on the day include helicopter rides, working dog demonstrations, taste testings, pony rides, face painting and agricultural focused art and crafts.
“Competitions will run throughout the day, from hay throwing contests to guess the weight of steer games, with locally sponsored prizes on offer.
“A mix of farm and gardening activities that are interactive, educational and offer insights into life on an agricultural research station will make for a great family day out, with plenty to do and see,” Mr MacDonald said.
Twenty eight exhibitors will be in attendance representing agricultural businesses, not-for-profit organisations and government and industry groups. One exhibitor will be selected for the “Most Outstanding Exhibit” award to be presented by local Member of Parliament and Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries, The Hon Willem Westra Van Holthe.
The event is anticipated to attract over 1000 people. Entry is free.
For more information and full program please visit: www.nt.gov.au/d/farmandgardenday
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