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One Year to Save Australia’s Reputation for Quality Wheat

30 September 2011

AUSTRALIA - Grain growers are worried Australia's reputation as a provider of high quality wheat will be tarnished when Wheat Exports Australia [WEA] is dismantled on this day next year.

NSW Farmers Grains Committee Chair Mark Hoskinson is disappointed with the Federal Government’s decision to abolish the wheat accreditation body.

“Once WEA is shut down on 30 September 2012, growers won’t have any way of knowing whether they’re dealing with a fit and proper company to export wheat out of the country,” he said.

“We need a body such as WEA to remain in place, to offer accredited buyers to growers, and then link those buyers to accredited traders.

“An ongoing accreditation system is crucial to maintain Australia’s competitive advantage as a provider of high quality wheat,” Mr Hoskinson said.

NSW Farmers believes the decision highlights the need to have a single voice acting on behalf of grain growers across the country.

“We’re in talks with Grain Producers Australia, Grain Growers Limited and all State farming organisations, trying to come to an agreement on the formation of a single peak body for growers,” he said.

“A peak body is needed to help avoid decisions such as the abolition of WEA, and to ensure the best possible outcomes for grain growers,” he said.

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