Cropping

Code nod for wheat

By Country News

Wheat exporters continue to benefit from the Wheat Port Code, according to industry feedback released in a review, conducted by the Federal Government.

Consultation showed the code has increased transparency and is allowing bulk wheat exporters to get Australia’s wheat out to the world market.

Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said the review recommended the Wheat Port Code continued, making only technical recommendations to further improve its operation.

‘‘We listened to farmers, bulk handers, exporters and experts to make sure the code is giving exporters fair and transparent access to port terminals,’’ Mr Littleproud said.

‘‘The taskforce met with more than 30 stakeholders including government agencies, grower and industry representative bodies, exporters and port terminal operators.

‘‘The review received submissions from 15 organisations.

‘‘It makes sense to review codes to make sure they are doing what they’re supposed to do.

‘‘The review made 12 recommendations to clarify and strengthen some parts of the code, including extending it to cover other grains.

‘‘The review recommends the code stay in place and be reviewed again in 2022.’’

■The review can be found at: www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/crops/wheat