Irrigated crops

In areas such as the Ord River Irrigation Area in northern Western Australia, the Department of Agriculture and Food is working with industry in trialling new varieties and agronomic systems for both existing and potentially valuable new crops.

The main crops of current interest include the health food quinoa, rice which is showing considerable potential if disease and variety problems can be overcome, sugar cane which will be the basis of new developments on Ord Stage 2, and cotton which is based on genetically-modified varieties.


  • 25 June 2014

    Kabuli chickpeas are a high value industry in the Ord River Irrigation Area (ORIA). A large-seeded, high quality grain is grown for domestic and export markets.

  • 17 November 2014

    The Carnarvon Research Facility is strategically situated between Geraldton and Karratha to provide regional assistance to the agricultural industry in the Mid West of Western Australi an area of a

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