Lupin interest good for WA grain farmers

02-10-2008 | |

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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