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Thursday, 29 November 1973
Page: 2274


Senator LAUCKE - I direct a question to the Minister for Primary Industry. As the incidence of red rust in many of the wheat belts in Australia has had a really adverse impact on yields of wheat, I would like to know whether the Minister has had a recent re-estimation of this season's wheat crop in Australia.


Senator WRIEDT - It is true that there has been a considerable incidence of rust in the wheat crop. However, the loss of wheat as a result of rust will not be so great as was originally expected. My understanding on information given to me yesterday is that the latest estimated figure for the total crop is 440 million bushels.







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