Food, export & investment

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) supports the success of our State’s world-renowned agrifood sector which produces high-quality, safe and healthy agricultural, food and fibre products for domestic and international markets. Western Australia is one of the most pest- and disease-free agricultural production areas in the world.

As a result of stringent safety and quality systems our primary industries provide premium quality food and beverage products to local and international clients. DAFWA also works to identify and develop international market opportunities for agrifood businesses and attract investment into the State.


  • 16 January 2017

    Organic farming is a popular pursuit especially for small landholders interested in sustainable production.

  • 11 April 2016

    Wheat is the major grain crop produced in Western Australia (WA) making up 70 percent of annual grain production and generating A$2-3 billion for the State economy each year.

  • 11 April 2016

    Lupins are uniquely suited to the acid and sandy soils found across large tracts of the Western Australian wheatbelt and play an important role in breaking cereal disease cycles and adding fixed ni

  • 5 December 2016

    The oat industry delivers nearly $200 million to the State economy each year through oats for human consumption and feed.  Oaten hay for the domestic and export livestock markets is worth an additi

  • 19 December 2016

    Fresh food businesses are faced with the challenge of creating a food safety culture, maintaining best practice and retaining customer confidence, while effectively managing overall costs.

  • 25 August 2016

    Seed potato schemes do not have a standardised system for naming their stages of seed potato production which makes it difficult to compare schemes.

  • 16 August 2016

    DDLS Seed Testing and Certification (formally AGWEST Plant Laboratories) is a service area under the DAFWA Diagnostic Laboratory Services (DDLS) - an amalgamation of DAFWA plant and animal laborato

  • 16 November 2016

    DAFWA has evaluated a number of alternative wine grape varieties for their suitability for production in Western Australia.

  • 28 September 2016

    Almost all of WA citrus fruit is sold in the local market. Fruit has been sent to export markets since 2015 and is increasing.

  • 15 August 2016

    DDLS Seed Testing and Certification is a leading service provider in the field of seed certification.

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