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Representing all sectors of the pulse industry in Australia

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Pulse Australia is a peak industry body that represents all sectors of the pulse industry in Australia, from growers and agronomists through to researchers, merchants, traders and exporters. 

It is unique in that it is an independent, non-political and whole of industry organisation, which acts as a catalyst for the development of the pulse industry.

A Board of Directors is nominated from across the industry and provides direction and vision. Directors bring skills and knowledge from many areas of interest including:

  • pulse farming
  • pulse research
  • seed merchandising
  • marketing
  • exporting

The Grains Research and Development Corporation also nominates one director.

Pulse Australia produces a variety of publication relating to all facets of pulse production, marketing and end use of pulses.

The different types of pulse crops
Generally, in Australia, grain legumes are referred to as pulses. 

The six major pulse groups grown in Australia are:

  • Chickpea
  • Faba/broad bean
  • Field pea
  • Lentil
  • Lupin
  • Vetch

There are also a number of smaller or niche market crops such as:

  • Mungbean
  • Azuki bean
  • Navy bean
  • Cowpea
  • Pigeon pea

Within these types there are often numerous varieties, many of which have particular characteristics that suit differing markets. 


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