| ||AWB welcomes Government support for wheat Single Desk|| ||
AWB Limited today welcomed Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson’s continuing vote of support for Australia’s existing wheat export arrangements, following his speech made at the ABARE Outlook conference.
When referring to the Single Desk in his keynote speech, Mr Anderson said the system will remain as long as it benefits Australian wheat growers and the nation’s export performance.
AWB Managing Director Andrew Lindberg welcomes the ongoing support for the Single Desk shown by Mr Anderson, particularly at a time when there are international efforts by commercial competitors lobbying their governments to attack Australia’s Single Desk marketing system in the WTO and US Australia Free Trade Agreement.
"The importance of the Single Desk marketing system has been further emphasised this year with the strategic marketing of the current drought crop, and with AWB’s success in maintaining the valuable Iraq market and Mr Anderson recognises these beneficial results," Mr Lindberg said.
The Wheat Export Authority stated in their 2002 Growers Report that AWB returned a premium of $14-$32 per tonne more than prices received for comparable grades by competitors.
In addition, AWB on average contributes 3-4% to Australia’s total export performance, successfully marketing to over 50 countries against heavily subsidised and often corrupt competition.
"We take very seriously our responsibility to maximise returns to growers and the broader economy, and Mr Anderson’s unwavering support is certainly welcomed and appreciated by Australia’s wheat farmers," said Mr Lindberg.