On Wednesday 11th May, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce announced the funding for a multi-industry research project to optimise the use of nitrogen. The project includes cotton, dairy, sugar, mangoes and cherries. NTDPIF will lead the mango research.
NTDPIF will collaborate with the Queensland University of Technology to undertake a four year research project to work in three focus areas for improving the productivity and profitability associated with nitrogen use. The areas include:
- Optimising nitrogen use efficiency in irrigated systems;
- Quantifying the rate and timing of nitrogen supply through mineralisation; and
- Extracting value from enhanced efficiency fertilisers, through both optimising existing products and developing new ones.