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Minister for Agriculture, Ken Wriedt



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H < r 4 ws. STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR-

PRIMARY INDUSTRY

CANBERRA

25TH AUGUST 1974

The Australian Government was anxious to arrange quick

payment of market support funds to apple growers on 1974 exports.

Speaking in Hobart today, the Australian Minister for

Agriculture, Senator Ken Wriedt, said that many growers were in

need of cash but in normal years, support payments were not:, available until after the end of the calendar year.

He had now asked the' Australian Apple and Pear Corporation

to expedite the collection of price and sales data for apples upon which the Australian Government could arrange market support

payments.

The Minister said that in completing its task, the

Corporation was dependent upon fruit export agents providing details

of their transactions. The more co-operation within the industry

in supplying data to the Corporation, the quicker growers would be

paid.

The Australian Government provided support to the apple export

industry in two major ways: under the Apple and Pear Stabilization

Scheme and a special market support scheme in 1974 in conjunction with the Governments of Tasmania, Queensland and Western Australia. Under the first scheme, the Australian Government paid out $2.8 million

on 1973 exports of which $1.8 million went to Tasmanian growers.

Under the special 1974 arrangements, the Australian and .State

Governments will ensure further protection to grower returns beyond

that of the Stabilisation Scheme.