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Grain imports on the cards as drought drives up prices and crop forecasts slashed

Australia could be set to import whole grain for the first time in more than a decade as drought drives up prices.

It comes as the latest crop projections forecast Western Australia will produce more than half the national crop for the first time in 20 years.

Farmers are calling for increased returns for their produce to meet the cost of production.

In a statement, the Department of Agriculture confirmed it had received, and was assessing, five applications to import bulk whole grain from the USA and Canada.

The applications were for wheat, canola, corn, and peas through various Australian ports.

It is not clear for what quantity or purpose the applications have been made.

"It is not appropriate for the Department to provide details of individual exporters that have submitted applications," the statement said.


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(ABC NEWS: 01/11/18)