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Natural resources, Horticulture

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The project aimed at establishing an essential oil industry in the Ord River Irrigation Area (ORIA). This industry is particularly suited to the ORIA where transport costs often prohibit the development of some agricultural products. The oils are concentrated and highly valuable. In addition, the ORIA with its abundant water and high temperatures presents a unique opportunity to grow a wide range of crops for the production of essential oils used by the food, medicinal and perfume industries. Australia has therefore an opportunity to initiate a new industry capable of replacing imports and gaining access to world markets representing a value in excess of $400 million.

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Herbs, Western Australia, Ord River region (W.A.), Production possibilities, Lemongrass, Spice plants, Ginger, Essential oils.


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