Creating a prosperous, sustainable and healthy Northern Australia

A situational analysis for developing a rice industry in Northern Australia – Final report

A situational analysis for developing a rice industry in Northern Australia – Final report
  • Author Chapman, B., Henry,R., Wurm,P., Bellairs, S., Crayn, D., Smyth, H., Furtado, A., Sivapalan, S., Ford, R. & Matchett, T.
  • Publish date 7 August 2020
  • Type Report
  • ISBN 978-1-922437-24-2
  • Documents
  • Rice

Summary

This situational analysis seeks to :

  • assess the current and projected industry need for Australian rice
  • explore feasible options for rice production in northern Australia
  • influence policy development to ease access to rice genetic resources and biodiscovery
  • develop strategic recommendations for the most critical next steps towards the development of a profitable, sustainable and socially beneficial northern Australian rice industry

Ten recommendations were developed to outline the most critical next steps in developing a successful and sustainable industry.

Projects

Northern Australia rice industry situational analysis study

Northern Australia rice industry situational analysis study

This industry situational analysis study will, for the first time in Australia, explore and pursue options for the development of a rice industry in northern Australia. It will assess the status of the rice market, rice production and barriers to the industry in northern Australia, Australia and globally and evaluate three key options for industry development.  These are: Wild rice production northern Australian rice production improved rice production Wild rice production This option would involve the commercial production of wild rice as a distinct wild Australian food product and would include an evaluation of the potential for wild harvest as well as cultivation of the wild species in northern Australia. Northern Australian rice production This option will assess the potential to establish a unique Australian type of domesticated rice by transferring a few key attributes from Australian wild rice into domesticated rice. These would aim to ensure viable production by providing resistance to major local pests and diseases but also add novel consumer traits such as grain size, colour and texture. Improved rice production This option would involve evaluating the potential for commercial use of genes from Australian wild rice to support the breeding of rice for global production. This could include support for adaption of rice to climate change. As part of the project, a Northern Australian Rice Industry support group will be established to provide stewardship to the developing industry. This group will explore the past development and growth patterns in the industry and baseline current industry characteristics, including size, production, income, productivity measures and employment levels to understand capacity and scalability limitations.

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