New Zealand farmers are using pea, which they sell at a profit, to grow their crops in hopes of meeting rising global demand for food.
The crop has also been used to grow biofuels in Australia and India.
But the new technology, which has not been commercialised yet, has made farmers pay higher prices.
Farmers are using the new plant to grow the green peas that are being used to boost the country’s economy, but also as a cheap source of protein and fibre for their crops.
The world’s largest pea-growing region in New Zealand, the central New Zealand pea belt, has seen pea prices rise by more than 20 per cent in just four years.
“There is a lot of potential for the pea industry to make a comeback, and I think it’s going to be a very exciting future,” farmer Tim Tait said.
“But the question is, what’s going on with that?
I think we have to make sure we have a strong pea sector.”
Mr Tait grew up on a pea farm in his native New Zealand and grew up with a passion for the green crop.
“We’ve had it since the 1800s.
We had a lot more peas growing here in New South Wales than we did in the states, but that didn’t change the fact that we loved peas,” he said.
New Zealand’s pea farmers are now growing a growing number of varieties of the green plant that are growing in the peacock pea field in his farm.
These include pea brindled, a more nutritious variety that is now being exported from China.
“The brindles are a great alternative to the white brindley.
You don’t need much water, and they’re a good option for a growing season,” Mr Tiet said.
The brindling variety is grown in the fields, in addition to the brindlers that are planted on top of it.
It is also grown on land the peaches are on.
It costs farmers around $100 to produce an average of 2,000 tonnes of brindlets.
However, a new pea variety called brindle pea is now the most popular, with more than two million brindler pea varieties available, according to research from University of Auckland.
It has been grown in New York, where it is used as a substitute for the brindle variety.
Mr Tien said the new varieties were very profitable for farmers.
“A lot of farmers were very disappointed because they had not seen the market coming.
They thought, ‘Well, if we grow it and sell it, it will work, but it won’t do any good for us’,” he said