Each year, Australia imports 5,000 to 7,000 tonnes of dates. Given date palms have been successfully growing across a range of sites in Australia for over 100 years, there would appear to be significant potential for establishing an economically significant date industry in Australia.
This RIRDC report provides an overview of the Australian and international date industries. It explores market size and opportunity and identifies the challenges that will need to be overcome on the way to developing a viable Australian date industry.
The report is targeted at potential participants in the development of a date industry in Australia. This includes policy-makers, research funding agencies, research organisations, scientists, industry organisations and, innovative growers looking for a resilient crop for diversification.