Australia’s favourite super food and popular gluten-free grain is a step closer to becoming a reality for NSW producers.
NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, visited the State’s first successful quinoa trial near Leeton, in the Riverina.
“It’s exciting to be a part of this national research project which is building the foundations for the establishment of a new crop that has amazing market potential,” Mr Blair said.
“Quinoa is Australia’s favourite super food but there’s a world-wide shortage at present – we want to improve supply here at home, but also offer our variety to the rest of the world.
“Local processors have a preference for this locally produced quinoa and have already expressed interest in evaluating the grain from this trial.”
Member for Murray, Adrian Piccoli said it was great to see such an exciting project take place in the Riverina.
“There are 7 national trial sites but this one in Leeton is the only NSW trial – which is a real testament to our growing conditions.
“Management of quinoa growing is similar to canola and other small-seeded crops, and this project will also work to further refine agronomic practices including nutrition, irrigation, and pest and weed management.”
Native to the Andes region of South America, quinoa is an unexplored space with the ability to grow from high altitude mountain plains to saline coastal flats.
Growing interest in quinoa led to the development of a Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) project to identify the best quinoa lines and management guidelines for local growers.
Quinoa has been grown successfully by a small number of growers in Western Australia – this project aims to identify lines suitable for both Northern and Southern Australia.
Source: NSW Government