CRCNA Reference number: A.2.1819045
Total project value: $1,211,334
CRCNA funding: $300,000
Project length: 3 years
Completion date: June 2022
- Central Queensland University (CQU)
- Agriventis Technologies Pty Ltd (Agriventis)
- Rockhampton Regional Council
- R.A.P Services (TRAP Serv)
- Burdekin-Bowen Integrated Floodplain Management Advisory Committee Inc (BBIFMAC)
- Foxwell Farming
- G Kennedy and I.J. Kennedy
- Kenrose Co Pty Ltd
- Kennedy Valley Farming
- Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Resources (NT DPIR)
- Western Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (WA DPIR)
- Rockhampton, QLD
- Biloela, QLD
- Burdekin, QLD
- Tully, QLD
- Katherine, NT
- Darwin, NT
- Kununurra, WA
This project will assess the market and supply chain opportunities available and the environmental and agronomic systems required for producers in northern Australia to adopt five high-value spice crops : cumin, caraway, black sesame, kalonji and fennel – to form the basis of a new industry to meet Australian demand and become an export opportunity.
The initial stages of the project will identify which crops are best suited to grow across the identified agro-ecological zones. Producers will undertake small scale field trials to determine the performance of varieties and evaluation of suitability of the five spice crops, with the view to scale-up to larger field trials in the final year of the project.
Expected outcomes and impact:
- Development of agronomic guides and varietal assessment reports to enable growers to select the most suitable spices crop for commercial production and follow best agronomic practices to produce a profitable crop.
- Development and promotion of supply chain pathways to domestic and export markets.
- An estimated $8.4m in economic activity will be generated at the end of year three of the project, approximately $1.2m in income at farm gate level.