This project monitored the biophysical and social aspects of the peanut industry’s transformation process in both the new and old peanut regions to identify the main influences on, and magnitude of the impacts of transformation.

The Agricultural Production Systems Simulator (APSIM) cropping model was used to estimate nitrogen and carbon cycling, as well as productivity, for current and projected climates. Social surveys were also conducted with key company, government and community representatives on the peanut industry’s planned expansion into Katherine.

This project produced a blueprint which provides a status report of the preparedness of an industry for agricultural transformation. It also highlights barriers so that plans or strategies to overcome the barriers can be developed. The blueprint included the development of a framework with 36 attributes grouped in social, economic, environmental and government and/or policy categories at field, farm, industry and regional and/or national scales.

 

Time frames: 3 year project, from 2009 to 2012

Funder: Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Australian Government)

Partners: Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

For further details: Contact Dr Olivier Crespo