By Ian Carter
Due to a number factors, Europe has become the prime importer of Australian canola buying up to 80% of our exports at times. It is used in the bio-diesel production program which is designed to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. The European Union has imposed sustainability standards on all imported seed used in this program which means all Australian growers and parts of the supply chain must be certified under the ISCC scheme if their canola is to be exported to Europe. Certification under the ISCC scheme demonstrates the canola is produced sustainably, with minimal impact to the environment and meets greenhouse gas emission reduction standards.
All canola purchased by AWB is purchased as sustainable seed and attracts a $5/t premium over conventional non-certified canola, therefore if you sell canola to AWB we require your farm to be certified under the ISCC scheme. It is looking like an excellent season for many parts of Australia so to take advantage of this opportunity to market your canola we strongly recommend you get certified by under the ISCC scheme by contacting NGR on 1800 556 630.
Thank you for supporting this key export market and for ensuring a strong demand for Australian canola into the future. For further information please go to http://www.australianoilseeds.com/iscc_certification/sustainable_grain_australia
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