Western Australian pulse production is relatively small with about $19 million of field peas and $3 million of chickpeas produced in 2011–12.?
The top four export markets for Western Australian pulses are India, Malaysia, Pakistan and the Philippines.
Field peas are exported for human consumption into India and Bangladesh while the remainder is exported into stockfeed markets in the Middle East and Europe.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development supports the pulse industry through variety evaluation (with Pulse Breeders Australia) and the development of chickpea management packages including a specialised field pea disease forecasting system – that has been adopted across southern Australia.