Media Release

Indian market access keeps Australian producers on the pulse

18 March 2014

More than one billion Indian consumers will soon have the opportunity to buy edible Australian lupins following agreement on new market access conditions for Australian exporters.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, described the agreement on import conditions for Australian lupins for human consumption with India as a very significant milestone for Australian producers.

“Global food demand in Asia – including India – will rise by a staggering 100 per cent over the next 35 years,” Minister Joyce said.

“The most recent figures available for India show that pulses, which include lupin, were one of the country’s top agricultural imports in 2012. However, Australia was only India’s third largest supplier of pulses, behind Myanmar and Canada.

“Securing access to India’s market for lupins opens the door for our farmers to change all that. Our ability to reliably supply a premium product will give Australian producers real opportunities in a market currently estimated to be worth $100 million a year.”

Lupins are a pulse crop or ‘grain legume’ valued as a high source of protein and energy. Australian lupin production is estimated to reach a gross value of $202 million in 2013-14, with new markets essential to future prospects.

“Over the next 10 years, Australian lupin exports to India have the potential to grow to $450 million,” Minister Joyce said.

Chief Executive Officer of Pulse Australia Limited, Tim Edgecombe, said market access in India was great news that would help the Australian pulse industry continue to grow.

“We are very pleased to have worked closely with the Department of Agriculture to deliver this outcome,” Mr Edgecombe said.

According to Grains Industry Market Access Forum Executive Manager Tony Russell, access to Indian markets will be especially beneficial in Western Australia, the largest producers of lupin.

“Lupins have been one of Australia’s longstanding priorities in terms of new market access. This is a great outcome for the industry.”

While the access for lupins to India is currently limited to split lupin, the Department of Agriculture will continue to work towards access for all forms of lupins.