Australia is the world’s leading chickpea exporter, principally of desi chickpea. It is instructive to note that while Australia’s production has grown from 110,000 tonnes in 2006 to 475,000 tonnes in 2009, the demand from the Indian sub-continent has not diminished.


Chickpea Variety

  • Jimbour – Desi
  • Hattrick - Desi
  • Slashers - Desi
  • Genesis 090 - Kabuli
  • Kalkee - Kabuli
  • Almaz - Kabuli
Variety Seed Size g/100 seeds Main seed Size (mm) Seed Colour Market Type Suitablitity
Desi Type
Jimbour 21-24 7 light brown Split & Whole
Howzat 19-21 6-7 light brown Split & Whole
PBA HatTrick 19-21 6-7 light brown Split & Whole
PBA Slasher 17-19 6 light brown Split & Whole
PBA Striker 20-22 6-7 light brown Split & Whole
Kabuli Type
Almaz 36-42 8-9 cream 8-9 mm
Genesis 090 26-35 7-8 cream 6-8 mm
Genesis Kalkee 40-46 8-9 cream 8-10 mm

Red lentils

The Canadian lentil crop accounts for about 75% of world trade. The majority of this trade is in green lentil. In contrast, virtually the entire Australian lentil crop is red lentil. A more direct competitor for Australian red lentil markets is Turkey, which exports around 25% of its annual 300,000 t crop.


Red lentils Variety

Yellow Peas

Australia’s 7 year average export total is just 120,000 tonnes (46% of domestic production at 268,000 t). In 2008, Canada exported twice as much as the other top 9 countries combined, 1.918 million tonnes compared to the other countries combined total of 1.035 million tonnes.


Yellow Peas Variety

  • Field Peas
  • NDun Peas – Peas Kaspa

Faba Beans

Australia is the second largest exporter of faba beans. Egypt is the principal buyer, while competition for this market comes from France and the UK. Bean production in China, the US and Mexico covers a wide range of species, such as Red Kidney bean, navy bean, and as such are not direct competitors.


Mung Beans

The mungbean is native to the Indo-Burma region, with India, Burma, Thailand and Indonesia producing almost 90% of the world’s supply. Mungbeans are mainly sprouted and consumed cooked or raw. However, mungbeans may also be split, boiled, roasted or ground into flour to make a variety of desserts, snacks and main dishes.


Mung Beans Variety

  • Berken
  • Crystal