Hon Ken Baston MLC

Hon Ken Baston MLC

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Fisheries

    New WA-bred lupin on the way for the Wheatbelt

    3/09/2015 9:45 AM
    • New high yielding, versatile lupin set for commercial release

    A new, high performance lupin variety that can be grown across the Wheatbelt was revealed by Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston today.


    The narrow leaf lupin, called PBA Jurien, has consistently yielded five per cent higher than the most widely grown lupin in Western Australia and has strong pest and disease resistance.


    Mr Baston said the new variety would give Western Australian lupin growers a high yielding alternative to the suite of robust lupin varieties currently included in their cropping programs.


    "There has been a renewed interest in lupins, with growers wanting to sow a profitable break crop to improve the sustainability of their farming systems," he said.


    "PBA Jurien is a versatile, robust variety that performs well in all rainfall areas on suitable soils for growing lupins."


    The new variety, bred by the Department of Agriculture and Food, with support from the Grains Research and Development Corporation and Pulse Breeding Australia, will be profiled at the Mingenew-Irwin Group spring field day today.


    In national variety trials, PBA Jurien had average yield gains over the benchmark variety Mandelup of 11 per cent in the Northern Agricultural Region, seven per cent in the Central Agricultural Region and 13 per cent in the Southern Agricultural Region.


    The Minister said while most Western Australian lupins were used domestically and exported as feed, there was increasing interest in the human health benefits of the pulse.


    "Western Australian lupins are processed into flour, flakes and milk for use in food products because it is gluten free, low GI, very high in protein and high in fibre, soluble fibre and antioxidants," he said.


    "Meanwhile, export demand for Western Australian lupins continues to grow, particularly from countries seeking premium quality, safe pulse products."


    Fact File

    • PBA Jurien was developed with assistance from the NSW Department of Primary Industries and the SA Research and Development Institute
    • WA lupin plantings increased in 2015 to an estimated 330,000ha, a 14% rise on the 2014 area, mainly across the west coastal, central Wheatbelt and Great Southern districts

    Minister's office - 6552 5400


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    PBA Jurien lupin