Kakadu Plums in the Northern Territory are ready for harvesting. Following on from the Western Australian harvest visit, a NAAKPA team touched down first in Maningrida to speak with the Maningrida Wildfoods team about billygoat plum (Kakadu Plum) and then to Wadeye (Port Keats) to talk to Thamarrurr Development Corporation and Palngun Wurnangat Aboriginal Corporation about their Mi Mirrarl (Kakadu Plum) harvest. The team consisted of Paul Saeki (Kakadu Plum Business Development Manager, ILSC), Daniel Havers (Technical Manager, Retail Agrifood, SAI Global), Cian McCue (Moogie Down Productions) and Tom Lawrence (Ten4 Productions).
The objectives of the visit were identical to those of the WA harvest visit;
• Undertake a HACCP gap analysis of food quality assurance processes for each NAAKPA enterprise- this included HACCP certification for those seeking to meet requirements.
• Footage capture for two minute enterprise videos, to tell the Kakadu Plum story of each enterprise.
When visiting these NAAKPA enterprises one realises how different each of the enterprises are both in their operations, as well as the variety of Kakadu Plum they are harvesting. This creates a unique picture for a fruit and superfood found only across northern Australia. Enterprise videos resulting from each of the visits will be launched on the NAAKPA website in the coming months.