The cattle lobby has issued an election wish list to both major parties ahead of the August poll.
The Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association says it wants mining and petrol exploration to be subject to monitoring and control under the Water Act.
Association executive director Luke Bowen says mining has a direct impact on the quality and availability of water for stock and domestic use on properties but it is not subject to adequate monitoring.
"We need to manage very carefully those relationships between our traditional industries and these emerging industries which will have, in some cases, a degree of tension," he said.
"Water use and other resource use is a part of that relationship but we have to be very careful."
The Association also wants both parties to look at a new business framework to make it easier for producers to claim a financial benefit from mining exploration on their land.
Mr Bowen says it is currently difficult for primary producers to negotiate payments from mining or petroleum licensees, other than for compensation for any adverse impact on their pastoral operations.
The association has called on both parties to commit to upgrading facilities at the Darwin Port.
Mr Bowen says the Top End Port has some the highest handling costs in the nation.
Some pastoralists recently complained about it being cheaper to send beef to Adelaide for international export.
"The efficiency of our port is critical," Mr Bowen said.
"There has to be a plan in place to make sure that our port does become competitive nationally."
He says there is currently no capacity at the port for refrigerated services, which is severely limiting potential beef exports.
The Association says the party that wins the election must do more to improve the appalling state of rural roads.
It wants all roads to be capable of handling six-deck road trains and to provide two-wheel-drive access all year round.
The Territory Government wants to pass control of all roads to local councils by 2018.
Mr Bowen says no roads should be handed over until they meet relevant standards and there is sufficient funding for maintenance.