Growers urged to boycott AWB

19 Sep, 2007 09:00 PM
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WAFARMERS grains council president Derek Clauson said he would not urge WA growers to deliver their wheat to AWB this harvest after serious concerns were raised about AWB’s proposed operation of the 2007-08 national pool.

Last week, Federal Opposition agriculture spokesman Kerry O’Brien called on Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran to instruct the Export Wheat Commission to investigate the recently announced services agreement between AWB Ltd and AWB International (AWBI).

The agreement sets out the terms and conditions for AWB’s management of this year’s wheat pool but it has drawn stinging criticism for all sections of the farming community.

Mr O’Brien said the agreement appeared to allow for costs associated with the management of previous pools, in addition to the costs of winding up AWBI, to be carried by this year’s pool.

Mr Clauson said his council had met to discuss the agreement last week and its members were far from impressed.

“Our view of the (services) agreement contract is not very glowing,” Mr Clauson said.

“We are not happy with the general thrust and vagueness of the document.

“I personally will not be putting my wheat into the pool until the services agreement is clarified so that I, and many other growers, can quantify the exact costs of doing business with AWB.”

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