In a first for the industry, durum wheat growers and industry stakeholders from across the country will come together for a national durum forum to be held in Adelaide in October.
At the forum, durum growers will discuss plans for the development of the industry and determine strategies that will help them to compete and grow on the international market.
The organiser of the conference, Mr Pete Mailler – a Queensland grower with extensive experience and expertise in developing the industry – said that the Australian durum industry would benefit from a coordinated approach to durum production, marketing and end processing.
“This conference will help to improve the relationships between stakeholders in the industry, and enable us to look at ways of operating more effectively,” Mr Mailler said.
AWB Limited, a major sponsor of the forum, has welcomed the opportunity to be involved. AWB’s Chief Executive, Andrew Lindberg, said that the forum was an important step forward for the industry.
“The durum industry in Australia has the potential to develop into a very significant export business, and the best way of ensuring the future growth and prosperity of the industry is by working together,” Mr Lindberg said.
According to Mr Mailler, durum producers will be looking at ways to promote both increases in supply, and improvements in crop quality. Researchers, plant breeders, millers and manufacturers will also be attending the forum, guaranteeing industry representation from seed development right through to sale and delivery.
“We have made some significant improvements during the past 12 months, and if we are going to build on the gains that we have already made in the international market, we need to ensure that the Australian industry is operating in the most effective way possible. This national forum is an important step in that direction.”
Australian exports approximately 500,000 tonnes of durum each year.
For a photograph of Pete Mailler please look on the AWB Limited web site under the media release section attached to this release.
For further information, please contact: Pete Mailler on 0427 265 707, or AWB’s Northern Regional Manager, Mr Peter Burke on (02) 6742 3710.