The TNQ Hub provides services, knowledge, products and tools which enhance drought resilience and preparedness for agricultural businesses, their towns and communities, and regions within Tropical North Queensland.
The priorities are influenced by the size of the agricultural industries in Tropical North Queensland, their exposure to drought (historic and projected), economic contribution and proportion of land use.
Whilst the size (economic or land use) of an industry is important, other considerations include the potential for agriculture to contribute to social outcomes and prior investment into drought related research, development, extension, adoption and commercialisation (RDEA&C).
Right: The TNQ Hub geographic footprint is defined by six NRM groups which are foundation Members of the Hub.
The major agricultural industries within the TNQ Hub region are extensive grazing of livestock (beef cattle, wool and meat sheep, and meat goats), sugar cane, cropping, horticulture Agricultural production is valued at approximately $7.3 billion per year.
Not all agriculture is practiced in all regions within the TNQ Hub. Grazing of livestock, predominantly beef cattle on native pastures, is the most widespread land use and occurs in each of the Hub NRM regions. Sugar cane, cropping and horticulture are more concentrated along the eastern portions, with areas of expansion into the gulf.
Right: Contribution of agriculture to Gross Value of Production (GVP) within the TNQ Hub geographic area. Click here to view Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Data Farm.
Livestock: largest GVP and land use footprint
Sugar cane: large GVP, small land use footprint
Cropping: modest but increasing GVP and land use footprint
Horticulture: modest but increasing GVP, small land use footprint
Click on the + to view the priorities identified via theme. Click here to download the detailed priority list.
TNQ regional priorities were developed in collaboration with NRM Node Members, TNQ Hub Program Leads, industry partners and from key publications. Priorities will continue to be developed at industry and stakeholder events, through co-design and collaboration to ensure they reflect current agricultural needs.
Click here to view the aligned TNQ Hub and industry priorities.
For a full list of priorities from commonwealth and industry-owned Research and Development Corporations, visit the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
If you would like to submit a regional priority, please click here.