Western Australia grain single-desk to stay

Western Australian Primary Industry Minister Monty House said the single desk seller status would remain for the sale of grain exported by the Grain Pool of Western Australia. However, the domestic market would be deregulated by the start of the 1996-97 season in line with the wishes of most Western Australian growers, House said at the launch of the Grain Industry Review on Tuesday. House said there would be no deregulation of the prescribed grain export market and the Grain Pool of WA would retain exclusive control over all prescribed grains grown in Western Australia and sold for export. “Surveys conducted as part of the review revealed about 70 per cent of growers are in favour of deregulating the domestic market but not the export market,” Mr House said. “The review recommends that the domestic market be deregulated and that will occur. The domestic grain market will be completely deregulated by the start of 1996-97 season, giving growers greater marketing options and flexibility.”

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