Pulses processor AGT Foods Australia was last night named the winner of the Premier of Queensland’s 2017 Export Awards in the agribusiness category.
Pulse Australia’s estimate for Australia’s 2017 lentil production has this week been lifted 29 per cent to 540,000 tonnes from the ABARES figure of 419,000t released in its September crop report, while the faba bean estimate has taken a hit, dropping 11pc to 305,000t from last month’s ABARES estimate of 341,000t.
Peter McMeekin looks at what lies behind the supply-and-demand outlook for the Australian chickpea crop now being harvested.
Danish company BioMar is believed to be negotiating the purchase of two mothballed industrial sites near Devonport in northern Tasmania on which to develop its 110,000-tonne-per-annum aquafeed plant.
National grain farmer representative body, GrainGrowers, will work to enhance export opportunities for Australia’s quality grains, pulses and oilseeds and improve business relationships through consultations with high-ranking government officials and customers as part of Australia Business Week in India this week.
Chickpea plantings are set to top the 1.1-million-hectare mark this season as the final crops go in, with yield expectations tempered by high disease pressure and low rainfall in some areas.
South Australia can look forward to average yields at best as some of the state’s traditionally safe rainfall areas struggle to get crops up and away after a patchy start to the winter-cropping season.
Scientists from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), The University of Western Australia (UWA) and seven institutions globally have re-sequenced 300 lines of pigeon pea in a breakthrough that will provide food and nutritional security across Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
Demand from relocating and expanding family farming operations is lifting enquiry and demand for broadacre farming holdings in Victoria’s Northern Mallee, and the Murray/Mallee and Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, where the addition of pulses and canola is buoying farm earning capacity in the face of depressed cereal values.
Researchers from Charles Sturt University (CSU) at Wagga Wagga in southern NSW are leading a $2.3 million project to assist small landholders in Pakistan to enhance pulse production.