South Australian growers have harvested over 4 million tonnes of wheat this season, smashing the previous record of 3.45 million tonnes set in the 1998/99 season.
AWB Limited Southern Region Manager Andrew McConville said growers in South Australia had received excellent growing conditions throughout the season, to produce the largest wheat crop in South Australian history.
“While some areas experienced problems with locusts, we were still able to beat the record set in 1998/99. South Australia is the third largest wheat producing State, behind Western Australia and New South Wales,” he said.
“Higher screenings levels did become an issue for some growers, however, with the introduction of AWB’s Golden Rewards program, growers were paid accurately for the quality and the variety of wheat they delivered.
“In fact, growers throughout South Australia have supported Golden Rewards and we are extremely pleased at success of the program in its first season,” Mr McConville said.
He said over 3 million tonnes of South Australia’s crop would be exported to markets such as Qatar, Oman and Iran.
“The Middle East is a large market for wheat from South Australia, however, we have also received a lot of interest from several south-east Asian countries.
“We have established markets in Europe for our specialised durum wheats used in the production of pasta, and we are actively looking at new markets in Africa such as Kenya and Tanzania for our high quality hard wheats.
“As a result of this huge wheat crop, AWB will have an very aggressive shipping program out of South Australia in order to clear this season’s crop before next harvest,” Mr McConville said.
He said the South Australian crop was worth over $800 million to growers.
“This cash injection into the rural community has a huge impact on the wider South Australian economy.
“Overall, we are very pleased with the success of the harvest here in South Australia,” Mr McConville said.
For further information contact:
Jo O’Connell in AWB Public Affairs on (03) 9209 2555 or 0407 310 250