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FARM ONLINE | Grains sector seeks clarity on biosecurity levy hikes

THE GRAIN growing sector will sit down with the Federal Government to gain a greater understanding of exactly how the government's plans to beef up the biosecurity sector will be funded. Grain Producers Australia said that based on the total value of last year's record crop of $28 billion the proposed increase in government levies would represent an extra $28.56 million raised from grain growers, based on the new levy rate of 1.122 per cent, versus the current rate of 1.02pc.

GPA chief executive Colin Bettles said at face value this arrangement would leave the grains sector shouldering the load of funding agriculture's increased share of the costs.

"The devil's in the detail and we need to clear up exactly what is happening as grains wasn't listed in the minister's budget fact sheets," he said.


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