AWB is taking measures to assist growers who are impacted by a dry season, and is encouraging wheat growers to contact their local regional office to discuss their individual needs.
AWB Limited’s Managing Director, Andrew Lindberg, said in response to growers’ needs, AWB will be tailoring individual business packages for growers with issues regarding current contracts, feed grain availability and additional finance.
"We encourage all growers to contact their local AWB Regional staff as soon as possible to discuss their individual business needs," said Mr Lindberg.
"Regarding current contracts, growers understand that these are commercial contracts and that AWB has made commitments with that grain, however AWB has prepared a range of options to provide growers more flexibility for current contracts.
"We urge growers who are in a situation where they feel they may not be able to meet their current contract requirements, to contact their local AWB offices," said Mr Lindberg.
In addition, AWB is ensuring grain is available to feed livestock in NSW and Victoria.
"We have taken measures to provide grain stocks for farmers who require it," said Mr Lindberg.
"Subject to demand we are opening news sites for that purpose, and growers are now able to purchase feed grain parcels to suit their individual needs," said Mr Lindberg.
AWB has been redirecting export ships from NSW and Queensland to ensure these states have sufficient wheat for domestic use and livestock feed. As the manager of the Single Desk marketing system, AWB is able to access the entire Australian wheat crop, and through careful management can satisfy international customers while also ensuring domestic customers do not go without.
"Where appropriate, AWB’s export orders for international customers have been redirected from NSW and Queensland to other states, in an effort to retain stocks of wheat for domestic milling demand and as a potential source of feed for drought stricken farmers," said Mr Lindberg.
Last week, AWB announced it was offering growers an option of a third advance from the 2001/02 Pool, which would provide additional cash flow for farmers who sought it.