Growers open farm gate to Japanese delegation

21 Dec, 2014 12:00 AM
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CBH senior wheat trader Stephen Moyle (left), with members of the Japanese delegation from Zen-Noh.
CBH senior wheat trader Stephen Moyle (left), with members of the Japanese delegation from Zen-Noh.

AT the peak of harvest in WA, farm gates have been thrown open to a group of Japanese visitors with a long-standing relationship with CBH.

The ZEN-NOH delegation were hosted on farms near York and at CBH's Kwinana terminal, giving the foreign delegation an insight into grain production processes in Australia.

The relationship between CBH and ZEN-NOH spans 40 years and the co-operative is the biggest feed grain importer in Japan.

CBH barley trader Drew Robertson, who led the tour, said it was the first visit to Australia for some of the Japanese delegates.

CBH first conducted business with ZEN-NOH in 1971 and regularly hosts contingents from its customers.

Mr Robertson said the chance to meet growers, see harvest in progress and view the CBH supply chain from farm to port was a great opportunity for delegates.

"This tour helps them to understand the WA agricultural sector and gives them an understanding of the CBH supply chain and how we operate," he said.

"By extending this opportunity to ZEN-NOH and its extended customers they can see the care, quality and effort behind the product at the other end."

ZEN-NOH is formed through more than 700 co-operative unions of about five million member farmers throughout Japan.

It manages the supply of food products, including grain, rice, meat, vegetables and fruits to all Japanese consumers.

The group also supplies other agricultural inputs such as compound feed and fertiliser.

ZEN-NOH has an annual import of grain by-products and oilseed of about eight million tonnes and purchases feed barley, oats, canola, lupins and Noodle wheat from WA.

It also supplies wheat for Udon noodle production, barley and lupin for stock feed requirements and oats as feed for the horse racing industry in Japan.

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