Feasibility study and development of RD&E Plan for the Australian teff industry

The University of Melbourne

  • Project code: PRJ-013023

  • Project stage: Closed

  • Project start date: Saturday, June 5, 2021

  • Project completion date: Monday, September 5, 2022

  • National Priority: NEI - New and Emerging Industries - SM1


While teff is amenable to growth in a wide range of soils (including those which are waterlogged, low pH) and can rapidly produce ground cover in a wide range of environments, including low rainfall (250mm/year; Eragrostis Teff as a specialised niche crop, WA Dept Ag Farmnote, 2005) there is evidence that frost can be problematic. In an Australian context, the grain is attractive as it can be dryland grown, but we do not know the yields of this crop under these conditions. The yield of teff is variable based on the variety. Preliminary work done in northern Tasmania and Victoria showed yield of up to 3T/ha, but little information about the new varieties available exists and the industry has no practical information about how best to support seed growth and plant development in dryland agriculture. This project will commence with an extensive literature survey, workshop with growers to identify immediate, mid- and long-term priorities, and will incorporate this knowledge into an industry RD&E plan. Inclusion of a feasibility plan to test markets, regulatory constraints will be prioritised.


New and Emerging Industries

Research Organisation

The University of Melbourne

Objective Summary

Undertake a feasibility study for establishing the Australian teff industry, including a literature review summarising previous research conducted within the teff industry. This will provide insights into the viability of growing the teff industry in Australia.
Develop a detailed RD&E plan for the Australian teff industry through thorough engagement and consultant with teff industry stakeholders. The RD&E Plan will identify key constraints and opportunities for growth within the teff industry, including key RD&E investment priorities and recommendations for scaling and/or adaptation to further enhance industry growth.