Brendon Cant brendon at iinet.net.au
Wed Nov 1 03:32:04 CET 2006

COGGO Media Release -- 1.11.06

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Better linking alternative oilseeds growers with domestic and overseas
markets is what the Council of Grain Growers Organisations (COGGO) hopes to
achieve after receiving funding from the Australian Government’s New
Industries Development Program.

The $12,500 scholarship will assist COGGO Marketing Manager Eliot Jones and
COGGO partners, Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture (CLIMA) and
University of Western Australia (UWA), develop markets for the niche, high
value oilseeds camelina, linseed and Indian mustard.

Germplasm from Russia’s Vavilov Institute has been evaluated in WA’s
south-west for the last three years and COGGO now hopes to link researchers
with growers, via a specialty oilseeds grower group, bulk-up seed across WA
and then move from experimental to commercial scale production using the
expertise of COGGO Seeds.

Mr Jones said developing an alternative oilseeds industry in WA was a
complementary fit with COGGO’s foundation investment in Canola Breeders WA.


“Prospects are exciting and, in the case of camelina, in May this year 19
tonnes of seed  from 25 hectares grown last year at John Thomas’ Dowerin
farm, was cold crushed at Riverland Oilseed Processors in Pinjarra. This was
WA’s first camelina crushing.


“Interestingly, that oil, produced here from seed generated from camelina
germplasm from Russia will now be exported to Europe for use in the food and
cosmetics industries.


“The by-product, camelina meal, will be used domestically as race-horse
feed,” he said.


Researcher Margaret Campbell, who has headed the alternative oilseeds
project at

CLIMA, with support from RIRDC, said alternative oilseeds camelina, linseed
and Indian mustard were shaping up well.


Indian mustard, for example, is quite drought tolerant and therefore quite
productive in Australia’s low rainfall areas. 


Ms Campbell explained some of the pros and cons of Indian mustard: “While it
doesn’t require swathing and can flourish with minimal fertiliser inputs,
animals are sensitive to the glucosynolates that make it hot, so its meal
must be limited in stock rations.” 


Linseed, with high Omega 3 linolenic acid in the oil (60 to 65 per cent), is
a desired health food supplement.


Mr Jones explained that COGGO’s partners had unique, visually appealing
golden linseeds, which could be valuable as a differentiated health product
attractive to the baking and heath food sectors.


The New Industries Development Program scholarship will fund Mr Jones and
COGGO to conduct market research, create alliances with potential customers,
undertake training courses, experience new areas of business and markets and
receive advice from experts.


Mr Jones invited WA growers keen to help develop the alternative oilseeds
industry, to contact him, Tel 9363 3400, to register their interest and
share in valuable market, technical and agronomic information.



Authorised by COGGO and issued on its behalf by Brendon Cant & Associates,
Tel 08 9384 1122



Eliot Jones, Tel 08 9363 3400

Margaret Campbell, Mob 0403 122 630




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