NY99027 - Implementing NIASA in the NT

NIASA in the Northern Territory has had a short life. Since its inception in 1997 there have been 3 accredited businesses and 4 in the process of accreditation. This represents approximately 10% of the Territory nursery businesses. Consistently clients have raised the need to learn more about growing media and irrigation management. It has been over 6 years since workshops for both their areas of nursery production have been held in the Northern Territory and now with the NIASA guidelines, industry has a framework to support their new learning.  Through a number of industry surveys prominent issues have been identified and link well with the main components of NIASA. This report outlines that a positive shift has been achieved with clients, which ultimately will bring about a better understanding of NIASA and its role in nursery ‘best practice’ production in the Northern Territory.