Traditional Owners come together to consolidate Indigenous Kakadu Plum Supply Chains in the Northern Territory
Traditional Owners from Wadeye and Maningrida met in early October to discuss how they could consolidate and build an Indigenous led supply chain for Kakadu plums out of the Northern Territory. The Kakadu Plum is a small fruit endemic to Northern Australia with a lot of interest in the nutraceutical and cosmetics sector both in Australia and overseas. Currently, communities in Wadeye and Maningrida are required to negotiate harvest arrangements with the Northern Lands Council every year and Thamarrur Development Corporation(TDC) and Pangun Wurnangat Aboriginal Corporation(PWAC) in Wadeye and Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation (BAC) in Maningrida are seeking fixed longer term harvesting arrangements in order to scale up their operations. The Kakadu plum harvest delivers some real economic benefits for the community at Wadeye- For example in 2019 up to 250 women harvested 11 tonnes of fruit in one week, hugely benefiting the local economy. The Kakadu Plum fruit is harvested from traditional homelands and overseas buyers are eager to enter into Access and Benefit Sharing arrangements in order to ensure sustainable harvests and ethical sourcing. Discussions with the Northern Lands Council is also expected to include Access and Benefit Sharing arrangements under the NT Biological Resources Act 2006.