THE WA Grain Group (WAGG) claimes AWB iss retaining money owed to Australia¹s wheat growers.
Spokesman Doug Clarke said, despite some welcome weekend rain, wheat growers were still facing an uncertain season.
³And here we have AWB still withholding money owed to us from 2005-06 pool,² he said.
³Fair enough if the extension of the 2005-06 pool was increasing in value for the participants, but it¹s not.
³The AWB¹s vague reassurance last week that they will make another payment to growers from the 2005-06 pool in July is hardly the solution.
³All money owed from the 2005-06 Pool should be paid out now.
³Where is the detail?
³Where is the transparency?²
Mr Clarke said AWB had previously announced the highly unusual move to pay only in part, the due April pool payment from 2005-06, and said it would make a sixth payment after June 30.
³In what¹s starting to be a very dry season, we need to get paid,² he said.
³AWB has announced that the current wheat pool price will remain the same, despite delays in payment, low production and record high international wheat prices.²
Mr Clark said WAGG was calling for a full audit of current pools.
³The most recent Wheat Export Authority (WEA) report released in March 2007 claimed that the 2005-06 pools should have risen by $13-$14 a tonne, and they have not done this,² he said.