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  Australia to import wheat for first time in 12 years as drought eats into grain production
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  May 14, 2019 08:30pm
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AuthorCalla Wahlquist
News DateWednesday, May 15, 2019 02:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionAustralia is planning to import wheat for the first time in 12 years after drought across the eastern states saw grain production fall 20% last year.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources confirmed this week it had issued a bulk import permit to allow wheat to be brought in from Canada to be processed for the domestic market.

The import has raised biosecurity concerns among grain growers, who say the risk of bringing in a disease or new weed to Australia is “too high a price for us to be able to bear”.

“The risk associated with it is that it’s carrying diseases or weeds that Canada may have that we do not have in Australia,” said Brett Hosking, chairman of national peak body Grain Growers Ltd.
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