Chickpea was first grown in Australia as a commercial crop in Goondiwindi during the early 1970s. It is now an important crop in northern farming systems (NSW and Queensland) and becoming more widely grown in southern (Victoria and South Australia) and western (Western Australia) regions.

There are two groups of chickpea – desi and kabuli – which have different growth requirements, markets and end-uses. Choosing the right variety for the right paddock is central to incorporating chickpea into a cropping rotation to improve profitability and productivity. The resources on this page will help to develop a crop management system suited to your farm and will assist in identifying and solving problems that may occur. Pulse Australia encourages growers to seek out an accredited pulse agronomist who is familiar with pulse production your district and to engage a Pulse Australia member to assist with marketing your grain.

Best management guides

Rotation benefits

Variety selection

The variety management packages (VMP) below provide information about each variety's yield performance, disease resistance and susceptibility, agronomic traits (such as lodging) and suitable target markets.

Northern region Southern region Western region

Planting guides

Weed management

Disease management

Pest management

Desiccation, harvest and storage

Marketing and standards