Australia’s ginger industry primarily supplies to the domestic market.

Through high-impact RD&E projects, the AgriFutures™ Ginger Program will achieve significant benefits and support a sustainable, growing and prosperous industry supplying a high-quality product strongly sought after in Australia and around the world.

Key components of the program

Key components of the AgriFutures™ Ginger Program include development of a best practice pest and disease management manual, benchmarking, website development and a 50% increase in production volume from 32 million to 48 million.

About the industry

The ginger industry consists of 49 growers located in Australia’s sub-tropical and tropical production regions.

Ginger production is both labour and capital intensive, and the industry faces challenges around biosecurity, pest and disease management (particularly Fusarium and Pythium), securing inputs such as irrigation, labour and seed, and an ageing grower base.

Farm-gate gross volume of product (GVP) is presently estimated at $32 million with 20% of ginger grown in Australia sold to the processing sector and 80% sold to the domestic fresh market.

Australia accounts for less than 1% of world ginger production, with China and India dominating world output.


The program is funded by statutory levies paid by industry participants. Up to half of program expenditure, including R&D expenditure, is matched by the Australian Government at up to 0.5% of industry GVP.

Industry Advisory Panel

AgriFutures Australia is committed to working with industry to deliver research and development outcomes. We work in partnership with advisory panels to decide on research priorities and to make investment decisions each year.

RD&E plan

The Ginger Program has three critical objectives:

  • Drive on-farm productivity – improve industry pest and disease management, harness innovative technology and facilitate adoption of clean certified seed
  • Lift the demand for Australian ginger – invest in brand and market research to improve farm business returns
  • Encourage industry engagement – communicate research outputs, assist industry with research adoption, build industry capacity and develop investment and implementation partnerships.

Program news


John Smith
Senior Manager, Research
0437 179 359

About your levy

Australian primary industries that choose to invest in the levies system prescribe the amount of levy or charge applied to a commodity under the Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Act 1999Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Act 1999, National Residue Survey (Customs) Levy Act 1998 and the National Residue Survey (Excise) Levy Act 1998.

Levy and charge revenue can be directed to biosecurity preparedness and emergency plant pest and animal disease responses, residue testing, marketing and research and development. It is the decision of a primary industry to determine the proportion of how a levy or charge is directed to each of these activities.

AgriFutures Australia receives the Research & Development levy allocation to invest in line with the industry objectives of the Five Year Research & Development Plan. Up to half of program expenditure, including R&D expenditure, is matched by the Australian Government at up to 0.5% of industry GVP. The graphs below represent the levy breakdown and the annual Program investment inclusive of levy, government and any third party contributions.

The Levy is collected and distributed via the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. For more information, visit the DAWR website.

 *Financials are accurate as at 1 February 2019 and subject to change.

Related Publications


Fact Sheet: Improving Soil Health To Suppress Soil Borne Diseases Of Ginger


Ginger Program RD&E Plan 2017 – 2022


Improving Soil Health to Suppress Soil borne Diseases of Ginger


An Economic Evaluation of RIRDC Investment in the Ginger R&D Program

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AgriFutures™ Ginger Program Industry Update April 2019

Project updates from our AgriFutures™ Ginger Program.


AgriFutures™ Ginger Program Industry Update January 2019

Project updates from our AgriFutures™ Ginger Program.


AgriFutures™ Ginger Program Industry Update November 2018

Project updates from our AgriFutures™ Ginger Program.


Latest News and Events


AgriFutures™ Ginger Program researcher spotlight: Guy Coleman

This May we're shining the research torch on Guy Coleman, a researcher from the University of Sydney who's based in Narrabri, NSW. Weed control in ginger production systems is reliant on labour intensive spot-spraying and hand pulling, resulting in significant financial and production risk in the timely management of weeds. Guy is working on overcoming these issues through the development of an automated, site-specific spot spraying platform integrating machine learning and robotics. Additionally, alternative control options will be investigated with the aim of identifying non-chemical automated weed control options for ginger cropping systems.


Applications open: AgriFutures™ Ginger Advisory Panel

AgriFutures Australia is seeking applications from ginger growers with an interest in, and passion for, research and development (RD&E) to join the AgriFutures™ Ginger Program Advisory Panel.