AWB Managing Director Andrew Lindberg is travelling throughout the northern WA Wheatbelt this week, to see first hand the impact of the dry season on grain growers in the region.
As part of a three day trip through WA, Mr Lindberg is visiting AWB regional offices and meeting with local growers, in a bid to better understand their issues and requirements during what has been a generally dry season across large tracts of the state.
"AWB is very aware of the situation that many grain growers are confronting this season," Mr Lindberg said.
"I have personally travelled through rural NSW recently to hear first hand the issues growers face, and what avenues there are for AWB to work with growers to help them best solve those issues," Mr Lindberg said.
As part of the WA trip Mr Lindberg is visiting AWB offices in Northam and Wongan Hills, as well as grain receival depots at Goomalling, Wubin, Carnamah, Yuna and Binnu. Mr Lindberg is also meeting growers at Ballidu, Dalwallinu and Geraldton.
Mr Lindberg said in response to growers’ needs, AWB had already been 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.
While in Perth on Wednesday, Mr Lindberg will also launch an exciting new consumer marketing campaign aimed at strengthening end-user wheat demand in Indonesia, and building value for Australian wheat growers.
Mr Lindberg is available for media interviews today and Wednesday.