1. Indian Government increases tariff on wheat imports
Last week the Indian Government Ministry of Finance issued a notification to increase India’s tariff on wheat imports from 10 to 20 per cent.
India has also applied a tariff of 50 per cent on the import of field peas (Pisum sativum).
This follows the Indian Government Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Directorate General of Foreign Trade decision in August to issue two notifications that also affect the Australian grain and pulse sectors:
Restriction of imported Pigeon Peas (Cajanus cajan) to an annual quota of 200,000 tonnes.
Restriction of imported Mung beans (Vigna mungo sp.) to an annual quota of 300,000 tonnes.
2. Improved market access through Peru FTA welcomed
GrainGrowers has welcomed the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement (PA-FTA) as another successful milestone in liberalising global trade. The latest FTA is the tenth concluded since 2000 by successive Coalition and Labor Governments.
GrainGrowers Trade and Economics Manager Luke Mathews said that although Peru is currently a very small market for the Australian grain sector, Peru is a growing consumer and importer of grains, oilseeds and pulses.
3. Call for common sense in the movement of oversized farm machinery
Australian Farmers on behalf of National Farmers’ Federation is currently hosting a campaign in an attempt to restore common sense to the movement of oversized farm machinery. Farmers are being encouraged to contact their State Governments to ask for their commitment to the reform and streamlining of heavy vehicle movement regulations.
4. Grand Champion Archibull to be announced on National Ag Day
GrainGrowers’ CEO, Dr Michael Southan, spoke to students at St Raphael’s Catholic School in Cowra NSW about Australian grain in July, as part of the Archibull Prize. The school's Archibull (here, undecorated) is one of this year's finalists.
Sam Eastwood, a minimum tillage farmer, shows canola windrowing in this video which was shot at Kaniva, SA.
Canola is "windrowed" (i.e. cut off about 30 mm from the ground) to accelerate the oil seed ripening and drying process and to avoid the loss of seed from pods falling onto the ground. This has been common industry practice for more than 40 years. Typically the time from windrowing to harvest (when each windrow is fed into the header and the seed separated from the pods and stalks) is about 10-14 days. With some newer shorter varieties, growers are changing to direct heading (i.e. removing the pods/seed from the stalk whist the crop is still standing) but while this eliminates one operation (windrowing) it may require a chemical application to ensure all seed ripens evenly before harvest.