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More Rudd Government grants to boost wheat export trade.



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The Hon. Tony Burke MP

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

More Rudd Government grants to boost wheat export trade

9 June 2009 DAFF/09 271B

The Rudd Government has reminded wheat growers they have until the end of June to apply for a new round of grants to help them capitalise on new export opportunities.

The second round of funding is part of a $9.37 million package to help growers and exporters take advantage of the Government’s recent economic reforms of the bulk wheat export marketing system.

Mr Burke said new figures showed growers across Australia were benefiting from higher export prices under the new system.

General trade figures released last week reflected a strong result for the industry, showing the value of wheat exports rose by 65% in the March quarter, worth nearly $1.7 billion.

According to Wheat Exports Australia, more than 5.9 million tonnes of bulk wheat was exported by 15 accredited companies to 39 countries, in the five months to the end of April 2009.

Eleven of those countries received bulk Australian wheat for the first time in at least four years, including the UK, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Malawi and Tanzania.

Mr Burke urged growers to continue to make the most of export opportunities, with $200,000 available under this latest round of Technical Market Support Grants.

“We are working hard to help boost productivity across Australia’s agricultural industries - and the wheat industry is central to this effort,” Mr Burke said.

“Wheat growers are clearly taking advantage of the new opportunities and helping to make the sector even stronger and more globally competitive.

“These grants will help new exporters develop their markets and target new sales, particularly in lucrative niche markets.

“We are looking for innovative export ideas which establish long-term trade relationships with international customers.”

Applications for the 2009-10 funding round close on 30 June 2009.

Application forms and details of the policy guidelines for the program can be found on the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry website at http://www.daff.gov.au/tmsgp