This target market of consumers is already receptive to
Sub Queensland’s products due to biosecurity measures in
place, and is becoming more conscious of their health and
Ltd the environment. As a result, the value of Australia's organic
agricultural industry is approximately AU$1.27 billion, which is
Queensland expected to rise 15 per cent a year in the 2040 vision. This figure
is largely influenced by Queensland produce, with the State
home to the largest amount of 'certified organic' agricultural
production land in Australia - almost 2.3 million hectares in total.
Protecting Queensland's favourable position within the organic
Sciences agricultural sector, and pushing innovation in the direction of
increased value and health benefits from State products will
cement its reputation in this market.
Life From a global standpoint, there is a growing international demand
for agricultural products, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region;
and Queensland is in an ideal location and industry position to
3:Section exploit this opportunity. The State already produces high quality,
safe, clean and green food at competitive prices. Moreover, its
overseas agricultural exports are worth approximately AU$8.9
billion per annum due to the fact that it provides one third of
Australia’s primary produce and exports.
Queensland has the resources to achieve and improve global
relationships in the agricultural industry, currently contributing
approximately AU$13 billion per year to the State economy.
Queensland is also well positioned to take advantage of the new
Free Trade Agreements with Korea, Japan and China.
The Free Trade Agreement with China includes removing tariff
barriers to Australian imports to China, reducing regulatory
barriers which restrict the provision of services to China, and
encouraging foreign investment in Australia.
32 Remember – when you contact a Member, please tell them you found them in the 2018 LSQ Member Directory Tropical Pulses for Queensland - A Plant Biotechnology Case
A joint research initiative between Queensland University
of Technology (QUT) and the Queensland Government’s
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) is leveraging
Queensland’s natural advantages in tropical pulse production
and addressing risks and challenges through the development of
more productive, profitable and resilient chickpea and mungbean
options for growers and industry. The project is using innovative
science to improve the productivity and resilience of chickpea and
mungbean crops, increasing the bioavailability of iron in chickpea
seeds, improving the breeding of mungbean and defining new
opportunities for expanding the production of mungbean and
chickpea crops in Queensland
The United Nations declared 2016 the UN International Year of
Pulses in recognition of the vital role these legume crops play in
healthy diets and a healthy planet.
Pulse crops include chickpea, lentils, mungbean, cowpeas and
beans grown for their dry edible seeds high in protein and fibre but
low in fat. Pulses provide some of the world’s most economical
sources of protein for food and feed. These proteins are high
in the essential amino acids lysine and methionine, making them
nutritionally complementary to the cereals that lack both these
amino acids. In developed countries, pulses are increasingly
regarded as health foods and are rapidly gaining attention for their
role in helping to prevent and better manage chronic diseases
such as diabetes, coronary conditions and cancer. In developing
countries, pulses remain a vital source of protein in daily diets.
Queensland has an unprecedented opportunity to increase
production and export of tropical pulses such as chickpea
and mungbean in response to increasing global demand. Our
tropical/subtropical environment, combined with closer proximity
to key markets, provides natural advantages in an increasingly
competitive global market. There are also seasonal opportunities
such as in 2015 when a prolonged drought in India drove a 56 per
cent increase in chickpea exports from Queensland. Higher prices
and a good local season sent the gross value of Queensland’s
chickpea production soaring to a record high of $441 million,
making chickpea Queensland’s top grain crop in 2015 – ahead of
wheat, barley and sorghum.
While Queensland has some natural advantages, increasing
tropical pulse production here also has some inherent challenges.
Increasing climate variability and change are major risk factors as
are the increasing incidence of pests/diseases. In a recent study,
the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics
and Sciences forecast that agricultural production could fall by as
much as 19 per cent by 2050 with Australia projected to be one
of the most adversely affected regions in terms of reductions in
agricultural production and exports.