Western Australia Minister for Agriculture and Food Terry Redman
Bumper Harvest Yields Record Crop
Victor P Taffa
- Western Australia’s 2011-12 grain harvest the biggest ever
- 14,700,000 tonnes received so far, with more to come
Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman has welcomed a record grains harvest for Western Australia.
CBH Group today announced its grain recievals had reached 14.7 Million tonnes, surpassing the previous record set in 2003-04.
“The State’s grain growers have overcome some enormous challenges to deliver a record grain harvest for the 2011-12 season.” Mr. Redman said.
“Many growers are recovering from one of their driest seasons in 2010 and in recent months have endured a wet and protracted harvest.”
The Minister said the grains sector provided significant revenue for the State, worth more than $4.5 Billion annually.
“The State Government, through the Department of Agriculture and Food, continues to invest in innovation to drive a more profitable and internationally competitive grains sector.” Mr. Redman said.
“The department has and continues to play a key role in working with growers to ensure they have the tools and skills to survive the tough times. Despite this record harvest, I acknowledge there are many growers who are still doing it tough.”
Mr. Redman said the department was continuing to build on new grains opportunities developed in markets including Saudi Arabia, Japan and Korea.
- 2011-12 harvest of more than 14.7 Million tonnes is more than One Million tonnes above the pre-harvest forecast
- Previous record grain harvest was 14,695,321 tonnes in 2003-04
- More than 80 % of grain grown in Western Australia is exported