Australian Vanilla RD&E Plan (2023-2028)

  • 48 pages

  • Published: 9 Nov 2022

  • Author(s): Muhammad Sohail Mazhar, Saeedeh Taghadomi-Saberi

  • ISBN: 978-1-76053-317-5

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Vanilla, Vanilla planifolia G. Jacks. ex Andrews (syn. Vanilla fragrans (Salisb.) Ames (Orchidaceae), is grown on a commercial scale in Madagascar, Indonesia, Mexico and Papua New Guinea. In Australia, there are about 15 commercial growers, which highlights the growth opportunity for this industry. Commercially, vanilla is traded as fresh beans, cured beans and vanilla extract, and is one of the most important aromatic plants used in the global food industry.

However, the increasing volume of vanilla imported into Australia and the potential of the Australian industry to produce and supply high-quality vanilla to the domestic and export markets means there is a need for research and development to enable sustainable industry growth and the creation of considerable economic activity.

The development of a Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) Plan is a crucial step in the growth of an emerging industry. RD&E Plans for emerging industries are resources that can be used by industry to help drive investment and growth within the industry. This Australian Vanilla RD&E Plan clearly identifies opportunities and barriers to industry growth, and subsequent RD&E priorities.

The Plan includes four RD&E goals: (1) Establishment of crop production and protection protocols; (2) Selection of better clonal material and maintenance of an active vanilla breeding program; (3) Establishment of harvest maturity and post-harvest handling and processing protocols; and (4) Capacity building of vanilla growers and processors for improved productivity and profitability.

Achievement of these goals will assist the vanilla industry with exceeding $10 million gross value of production by 2028.