Prominent WA farmer warns live export ban would impact Middle East grain trade

wagrainsgroup1 —  June 18, 2018


May 17, 2018

WESTERN Australia’s shrinking share of the Middle East grain trade could be further hit by “backlash” retaliation for any suspension or banning of live sheep exports destined for markets there, a Pingelly farmer has warned.

Irrespective of whether it is a temporary shutdown for the northern hemisphere summer or a permanent ban, any interruption to live sheep exports from WA to the Middle East could have the same “flow-on” impact on WA’s grain trade, Ray Marshall warned this week.

“To me it (shutting down live exports to the Middle East) is an unacceptable risk to WA’s agriculture generally,” Mr Marshall said.

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