AWB’s role as Australia’s monopoly wheat exporter may officially still be in the balance, but Western Australian wheat growers have already begun preparing for a shake-up of the 68-year-old wheat marketing system.
Growers are voting with their wheat, according to WA grain handlers CBH Group, with figures indicating that more than 70 per cent of total tonnages received so far this harvest have gone into warehousing, or to the CBH Group wheat pool.
AWB International has used its veto power to reject a bulk export licence application from Co-operative Bulk Handling Group, protecting wheat growers delivering to the National Pool, while leaving WA wheat growers with few options.
MUCKINBUDIN wheat farmer Allan Watson and Morawa wheat farmer Chris Moffet should have a lot in common.
But their common interest in the future of WA’s grains industry is divided by their off-farm roles.