New horticulture crops

Fashions come and go in many agricultural crops as consumers become interested in new tastes, and niches are found or extended for existing crops from other environments.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is currently working with the truffle and green tea industries around Manjimup in the south-west of the state to help overcome production and quality issues.

Development of these and other new industries offer land owners opportunities for greater flexibility and profitability in a challenging marketplace.


  • African black beetle (Heteronychus arator), is native to southern Africa. It has been present in Western Australia since the 1930s and occurs in the wetter coastal regions.