Australian Sesame Industry Production Research Program

Central Queensland University

  • Project code: PRO-016365

  • Project stage: Current

  • Project start date: Friday, March 31, 2023

  • Project completion date: Tuesday, February 29, 2028

  • National Priority: NEI - New and Emerging Industries - M2


Global demand for sesame continues to grow. Australia currently imports all its sesame. In 2020 approximately 7,000 tonnes were imported, values at $13.6 million. By 2025, demand is expected to reach nearly 10,000 tonnes. However, previous attempts to establish an industry in Australia failed largely due to genetics and production issues.  A sesame industry has re-emerged with the introduction of improved genetics, better suited to Australian conditions. In support of this emerging industry, AgriFutures published the Australian Sesame Strategic RD&E Plan (2021-26) which identifies the highest RD&E priorities to assist the industry grow.


This collaborative program of research brings together research organisations, industry participants and seed suppliers to deliver research in the Australian sesame industry. The major focus area is that ‘Industry viability is established by resolving major agronomic and crop-protection issues and demonstrating competitive and sustainable production’ (Theme 2, Australian Sesame Strategic RD&E Plan (2021-2026)) and a minor focus area of ‘High-quality sesame is produced through the post-harvest supply chain’ (Theme 3, Australian Sesame Strategic RD&E Plan (2021-2026)). The project findings will be developed with and extended to, growers and industry.

The collaboration of partners was developed through an Expression of Interest process managed by AgriFutures Australia, and a subsequent series of workshops and detailed planning. The collaboration represents all relevant parties (in Australia and drawing on international expertise) that have the skills, knowledge and resources necessary to conceptualise, design and deliver RD&E to address these identified priorities for an emerging sesame industry. 


New and Emerging Industries

Research Organisation

Central Queensland University