Grain Express stops at all stations to reach one third of WA growers

28 Aug, 2008 01:51 PM
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More than 1700 growers – or one in three growers in Western Australia - have attended around 60

meetings across the state to hear about Grain Express, the industry initiative led by the CBH Group

that will come into effect this harvest.

The roadshow, which wound up last Friday, brings to nearly 2000 the number of growers consulted

over Grain Express, adding to earlier presentations to farmer groups including WAFarmers

and the Pastoralists & Graziers Association.

CBH Group general manager of operations Colin Tutt said the roadshow had found overwhelming

support from growers for the system, which aims to provide a solution to potential logistics chaos in

the newly deregulated grain marketing environment by packaging freight, storage and handling.

He said the meetings had provided growers with the opportunity to find out more about Grain Express

and raise any questions. It had also provided a valuable forum for feedback which had resulted in

some modifications to the system.

“We had great attendance at the meetings including 63 people at Wongan Hills, 54 at Brookton and

50 at Binnu,” Mr Tutt said.

“There has been overwhelming support for the Grain Express system as growers recognise the

benefits, such as getting their grain in the bin faster, marketing at their convenience, having access to all marketers and marketing options offered in their zone regardless of site, and securing the long

term sustainability of their receival network.

“As a result of the meetings, some aspects of Grain Express have been altered. For example, all growers will now have the option to sell their grain into the Kwinana Zone by selecting Metro Grain

Centre as their destination site.

“This offers all growers access to the container export market as well as a domestic option within the

Kwinana Zone, depending on which services and payment methods acquirers offer at MGC.

“It has also been reinforced in recent weeks that Grain Express does not stand in the way of grain

marketers paying growers for quality traits, with some marketers, including Grain Pool, announcing

they will continue to offer quality rewards.”

Mr Tutt thanked the many growers who attended the Grain Express meetings.

“We now need to deliver the Grain Express program,” he said.

“We know we may not get everything right in the first instance and we will be actively seeking further

feedback after harvest to ensure the system continues to improve.”

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