The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has significant direct investment in grains research, development and extension capability and activities, infrastructure, and policy development.
The Western Australian (WA) grains industry is a major contributor to the agrifood sector and the Australian economy. WA produces about 10 million tonnes of cereals, oilseeds and pulses each year – making it the largest agricultural sector in the State, and the fourth largest industry overall after petroleum, iron ore and gold.
Grain exports generate more than $3 billion for the WA economy each year with about 80% of annual grain production exported to more than 50 countries worldwide. Indonesia is WA’s top wheat export market worth up to $0.5 billion per year. WA is the world’s leading supplier of premium malting barley to China, a major supplier of wheat for the Japanese udon noodle market, and a major feed barley supplier to the Middle East.
In the 2011/12 season the WA grains industry exported a total of $2.7 billion of cereals and $708 million of pulse, pasture and oilseeds. The major contributors to these exports were wheat ($1.8 billion), canola ($578 million), barley ($547 million), lupins ($54 million) and oats ($18 million).