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.

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


Emma Rodham
Manager, Research – Pasture Seeds, Export Fodder, Ginger
0427 347 269

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.

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

AgriFutures Australia also receives Commonwealth matching funding based on 0.5% of the aggregate GVP of all AgriFutures Australia’s levied industries (Arena 3) or half of AgriFutures Australia’s eligible expenditure – whichever is the lesser. This includes expenditure in non-levied industries Arenas 1, 2 and 4 irrespective of their funding source.

AgriFutures Australia’s Board allocates the Commonwealth matching funding to each levied industry program. The respective programs will receive 50c per dollar of eligible expenditure (subject to availability of Commonwealth matching funding).

The total program budget comprises of the R&D levy allocation, Commonwealth matching funding (allocated by the AgriFutures Australia Board) and third party contributions (where appropriate).

View the AgriFutures Ginger Program income and expenditure for 2020-21 statement.


Related Publications


An economic evaluation of investment in AgriFutures Ginger Program projects (2017-2022)


Project overview: Improving ginger, to future proof the industry against major pest and diseases


Final Report Summary: Improving ginger to futureproof the industry against pests and diseases


Project summary: Ginger extension coordination project

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Increasing the adoption is a pivotal part of research and development for our levied industries. Extension activities ensure our growers can adopt new technologies and innovations to help deliver real returns, foster growth and drive innovative practices.  


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Self-proclaimed herb and spice ‘aficionado’ Jacqueline Wilson-Smith has recently been appointed Chair of AgriFutures Australia’s (AgriFutures) Ginger Advisory Panel. With 25 years’ experience in innovation, strategy, research and development, spanning herbs and spices, wine and agriculture, Jacqueline brings a collaborative leadership approach and is focused on working with the ginger industry to promote the long-term resilience and sustainability of Australia’s ginger industry.