Fact sheet: Growing Sesame in Australia – pathway to profit

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  • Published: 13 Mar 2024

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The Australian sesame market is entirely dependent on imports, with current market trends indicating the domestic demand will grow to 9800 tonnes by 2025.

With sesame valued at up to A$2000 / tonne at farmgate, and perfectly suited to Australia’s hot and dry growing conditions, it is an attractive option as a high-return break crop in broadacre farming systems, reducing reliance on imports and bolstering local production.

To realise this opportunity, research is underway to develop agronomic practices, machine harvesting techniques, and non-shattering varieties with higher yield potentials.

Sesame Central is a collaboration between AgriFutures Australia, the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) and CQUniversity (CQU). The aim is to provide a coordinated approach to sesame research in Australia with a focus on addressing practical challenges faced by growers and communicating research findings to stakeholders throughout the sesame supply chain.