Organic rice production has the potential of being a major industry for northern Australia, which has the perfect climate for growing rice due to regular summer rains that give it 86% of Australia’s fresh water. This is the same climate as all the major tropical rice growing areas of the world.
Rice is one of the world’s most important staples and it is starting to be subject to regular shortages in supply. In recent years several countries have banned exports to preserve their domestic stocks, creating increases in prices. There is enormous scope for Australia to supply these export markets and for import replacement.
This report is about developing agronomic guidelines for growing organic rice under pivot in Far North Queensland.