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STATEMENT BY THE MiNiSTER FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRY THE RT. HOH. IAH SiHCLAlR M.P

CANBERRA

7 August, 1979.

REPORT O N W H E A T STORAGE A N D HANDLING

The A u s t r a l i a n w h e a t storage and handling system for the

1979/80 h a r v e s t w a s e x a m i n e d yesterday following submission of

a W o r k i n g P a r t y report t o the Australian Agricultural Council

m e e t i n g in P e r t h . -

This re p o r t i d e n t i f i e d the three main determinants to the

assessment of the adeq u a c y of the central receiving system as:

(i) The size and composition of the crop.

(ii) The 1978/79 crop c a r r y o v e r ,

(iii) The t r a n sport system.

The W o r k i n g - P a r t y reported a probable carryover of about five

m i l l i o n tonnes at the beginning of the next harvest.

With a normal 1979/80 w h e a t crop, bulk handling authorities f

(EHAs) could be confro n t e d w i t h difficulties in grain handling

in some States. .

It was p o i n t e d o u t that the 1978/79 experience enabled B H A s to

develop temporary s t o r a g e s , facilities, and skills to overcome

short term s t o r a g e , handling, and transport p r o b l e m s .

The report i n d i c a t e d t h a t there was no present necessity for

BHAs to add p e r m a n e n t storage to their systems to receive

abnormal crops of the size of the 1978/79 record harvest.

It was suggested that, alternatively, the construction of

sound temporary storage should provide flexibility to their

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The report e x a m i n e d the position in each State and adopted

procedures i d e n t i f i e d b y each of the bulk handling authorities

as preferable i n their circumstances; including possible

grower rebate on storage and handling charges from farm

storage, v o l u n t a r y deli v e r y q u o t a s , in-ground s t o r a g e , movable

s t o r a g e , and r e n t e d commercial storage. /

The Working P a r t y ’s rep o r t was also adopted w i t h respect to

the pr o g r a m m i n g of adequate shipping for a flow of w h e a t

through terminals consistent with marketing strategies

advantageous to the w h e a t industry.

Some States submitted a case for a Commonwealth Government

- . commitment for financial assistance in upgrading the national

grain storage system. This recommendation was not a d o p t e d .