CRC Northern Australia Project “Improving the Efficiency of Kakadu Plum Value Chains”

This three year research project aims to review the existing value chains within the established Kakadu Plum / Gubinge  (Terminalia ferdinandiana) industry. This process will assist the project team to identify value chain improvements and improve the reliable supply of consistently high quality Kakadu Plum products to the growing market. 

Existing Aboriginal suppliers of Kakadu Plum in the Thamarrurr Region of NT and the Kimberley region of WA will work with the research team to undertake an extensive review of the existing value chain by mapping, analysing and identifying efficiencies, identifying impediments and solutions to overcome them. Innovative solutions to local processing and maintaining fruit quality will be trialled and new commercial applications will be developed. The project will also work to develop training tools for product costing, start-up businesses, hygienic processing of food and quality assurance.

    Project Focus

    Our project role is focused on:

    Optimising, harvesting and processing technologies to develop high quality Kakadu Plum products. 
    Decentralising processing technologies such as freezing, pulping and drying through mobile units so that communities can process on site.
    Developing training tools for product costing, start-up businesses, hygienic processing of food and quality assurance. 
    Supporting Indigenous participation in enterprises, and contributing to the development of access and benefit sharing tools and templates to ensure Indigenous ownership and control.

    Project Partners

    Kimberley Institute

    Charles Darwin University

    Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI)

    Twin Lakes Cultural Park

    Wild Orchard Kakadu Plum

    Karajarri Traditional Lands Association

    Nyamba Buru Yawuru

    Kaiyu Superfoods

    Mata Mata Community