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