CRCNA Reference number: A.2.1718116
Total project value: $1,520,500
CRCNA funding: $300,000
GRDC funding: $300,000
Project length: 2 years
Completion date: June 2021


  • Savannah Ag Consulting
  • Olive Vale Pastoral Pty Ltd
  • The Lakeland Farming Trust
  • MSF Sugar Pty Ltd

 Research locations:

  • Laura, QLD
  • Lakeland, QLD
  • Mareeba, QLD
  • Cairns, QLD
  • Innisfail, QLD
  • Walkamin, QLD


The project aims to identify a range of adapted oilseed crops which can reach commercial capacity and be a high-value component of a northern Australia cropping system.

Oilseed crops, both summer and winter have been trialled on a very small scale in Far North Queensland, with promising results. This includes, but is not limited to:  sesame, soybeans, safflower, linseed, canola, mustards and nigella. These crops can be utilised in a range of market segments from whole seed to, food grade vegetable oil, health and wellbeing products and industrial applications.

In addition to the commercial production trials, the project team will also undertake pilot market development for the range of market segments and their value-added end use with partners looking for feedstock, so they can progress processing, supply chain and infrastructure requirements at their expense.

This project will deliver the opportunities for growers at the farm gate level to diversify into alternative oilseed cash crops through the identification of suitable options for the region.

 Expected outcomes and impact:

  • A comprehensive report and recommendations which will encourage investment in production, value adding capability and processing capacity.
  • Generate 11 new jobs in FNQ during the research and directly following the completion of the work and potential to create a further 20 to 40 new farms jobs in the medium-term.