Australian Quinoa Industry RD&E Plan 2024-2029
Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) is an ‘ancient grain’ that was domesticated about 8,000 years ago in South America, where it became an important part of Andean...
Published: 1 Nov 2021
Author(s): Tony Eyres, Barbara Romero-Cespedes
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Amaranth (Amaranthus spp.) is an ancient pseudo-cereal, defined as any non-grass that is used in much the same way as cereals, that originated in Central America, with cultivation and consumption dating back 8,000 years to Aztec times. Amaranth has traditionally been used as a leafy green vegetable, popular in the Asian market, while communities in the Americas have used the grain for salads, cereals and other applications.
Australia’s current level of amaranth production is relatively small, however studies have indicated that there is potential for the Australian amaranth industry to have a $5-10 million annual gross value of production by 2025. The development of a Strategic Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) Plan is a crucial first step in growth for a new and emerging industry. This Strategic RD&E Plan clearly identifies opportunities and barriers to industry growth, and subsequent RDE priorities for the industry.
Strategic RD&E Plans for emerging industries are resources that can be used by industry to help drive investment and growth within their industry. This RD&E Plan is the result of desktop research and stakeholder consultation across the Australian and international amaranth industries and pulls together specific recommendations for future investment to support the long-term growth and competitive advantage of the Australian amaranth industry.