Above: Among the group at the Mustard seed meeting, Grayson Wolfgang, AusIndustry, Narrabri Shire Council Infrastructure Development director Darren Raeck, farmer Jack Freeman, Graeme Rapp, Wee Waa farmer Corie Piper and farmers Bob and Di Batterham, formerly of Sydney University.
Commercial, farming and research personnel recently gathered at the University of Sydney Plant Breeding Institute for a meeting to explore the possibilities of increased growing of Mustard seed in the district and value adding which can flow from Mustard production.
The meeting was convened by Graeme Rapp, a researcher at the Plant Breeding Institute, who has been studying all aspects of Mustard seed production in this region with particular focus on future value adding.
Mr Rapp has outlined areas of huge potential which he said can flow from Mustard seed and its myriad by products which can range from aircraft airframe parts to pharmaceuticals.
District farmers have already committed to grow Mustard.
The meeting included local farmers, representatives of Yandilla Co-operative, which actively promotes production of Mustard in the west and north west, Narrabri Shire Council and director of bio-energy company Utilitas, Fiona Waterhouse.