Aus­tralia to im­port wheat from Canada

Gatton Star - - LIFE INTO RURAL -

A PER­MIT to im­port Cana­dian wheat into Aus­tralia – the first for for­eign grain since 2007 – has been granted by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment.

The De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Re­sources an­nounced this week a per­mit had been is­sued for a sin­gle ship­ment of bulk wheat.

The de­part­ment said the ship­ment would be sub­ject to “strict con­di­tions to man­age any biose­cu­rity risk”. A state­ment re­leased by the de­part­ment stated the im­port con­di­tions re­quired the grain to be sourced from ar­eas “as­sessed as pre­sent­ing a low plant and an­i­mal biose­cu­rity risk and im­pose strict move­ment, stor­age and pro­cess­ing con­trols within Aus­tralia”.

It is ex­pected the ship­ment will ar­rive in Aus­tralia in six to eight weeks. Ac­cord­ing to the de­part­ment, im­port deals were de­vel­oped and im­ple­mented dur­ing pre­vi­ous ma­jor droughts.

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GRAIN IM­PORT: Aus­tralia will re­ceive a sin­gle ship­ment of wheat .

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