News last update:6 Aug 2012

Lupin interest good for WA grain farmers

Grain farmers in Western Australia (WA) profit from the increased interest for new protein sources - such as lupins - to replace fishmeal or oil.

Australian researchers, who have developed a lupin-based fish feed being exported to Japan, Norway and Thailand, predict enormous growth in demand over the next decade. WA farmers, who produce much of the world's lupins, were best placed to capitalise on demand.

The new pellet, developed under the Aquaculture Feed Grains Program, is made of up to one-quarter lupin flour and while it contains fishmeal, the amount is less than half that of a traditional feed pellet. 

The world's biggest lupin dehulling plant opened in Forrestfield last year as a joint venture between bulk grain handler CBH and food giant George Weston Foods, with the aquaculture industry expected to be a key market.

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