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As the manager of the Single Desk marketing system, AWB National Pool is tailoring its current wheat export program in order to preserve vital grain stocks in drought affected regions of NSW, AWB General Manager National Pool Sarah Scales said today.
Ms Scales said during the past three months, where appropriate, export orders for international customers had 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.
"AWB is conscious of the dry season that some farmers in New South Wales and Queensland are facing, and the potential impact this is likely to have on grain stocks going forward," Ms Scales said.
"In response, and as part of our actively managed export program, we have been redirecting ships from NSW to preserve those stocks, and reallocating wheat for domestic use.
"At the same time we need to ensure we continue to meet our international customer’s needs, and we are exporting out of drought affected regions of NSW only where we have specific wheat requirements that can not be sourced from other states.
"This strategic approach to the export program, where we balance domestic and international customer needs, is a major benefit of the AWB National Pool and the Single Desk system.
Ms Scales said as the manager of the Single Desk system, AWB National Pool is able to access the entire Australian wheat crop, and through careful management, satisfy international customers while also ensuring domestic customers do not go without.