Final Touches taking place on Major Territory Agribusiness Precinct

NT Government

The Territory’s agriculture sector has a bright future with the final touches taking place on a high-tech precinct.

The Berrimah Farm Science Precinct has undergone a complete overhaul with the Territory Labor Government investing nearly $50 million into new advanced research facilities.

The $15.5 million Combined Science Services building, which has supported over 147 workers throughout construction, is the last of four new buildings, adding to the precinct which already boasts multiple laboratories and a specialised Biosecurity Containment Level 3 Laboratory, the only one of its kind in Northern Australia.

Now surpassing 75% complete, the Combined Science Services building will house laboratories specifically designed to quickly diagnose plant and animal diseases and identify new pests which may threaten our agriculture sector and our farmer’s way of life in the Territory.

By supporting industry and Territorians through ground breaking research and managing emerging biosecurity threats, the entire precinct will future proof the Territory’s $1.3 billion agribusiness sector as it grows towards $2 billion by 2030.

The Lawler Labor Government’s continued investment into the agribusiness sector comes at a time where there are more biosecurity risks than ever before, requiring advanced research and our top scientists to help support Territory Farmers.

The entire project, undertaken by multiple Territory Companies, has supported over 350 jobs, and is expected to be complete in August 2024.

Quotes attributed to Minister for Agribusiness and Fisheries, Mark Monaghan:

“The Lawler Labor Government knows more research is essential to growing our agribusiness sector to $2 billion by 2030.

“It is great see the state-of-the-art Berrimah Farm science precinct nearing completion, with the final building undergoing the internal fit, including electrical works, painting, wall cladding and laboratory fit out.

“This precinct is not only creating more opportunities for Territorians, but it is expected collaboration with the Australian Government and international research teams will ensue once complete.”

Northern Territory Government

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