QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE | India FTA interim deal has lost opportunities say grain grower groups


THE GRAINS industry is warning there could be missed opportunities if the details within the interim free trade agreement (FTA) with India announced over the weekend are implemented permanently.


Grain Producers Australia chairman Barry Large applauded the work from Aussie officials to get the deal done and said he hoped there would be further breakthroughs in talks, especially on the chickpea front.

"We acknowledge these initial outcomes for the Australian grains industry in the deal with Minister Tehan's leadership and the Australian Government's work pursuing these sensitive trade negotiations," Mr Large said.

"Whilst we understand chickpeas present some political sensitivities in these negotiations, and may be seen as a stumbling block in seeking enhanced market access for all of Australian agriculture, we remain optimistic that these barriers can be resolved."