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THE LOAD STAR | Aussie grain farmers push for container cleaning levy in pest control fight


Grain Producers Australia (GPA) is calling for a container levy to cover the cost of cleaning and fumigating containers as the need to control the spread of invasive species on boxes is brought into sharp focus.


It is GPA’s second attempt to introduce such a levy after the first was shot down by Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, for reasons that GPA chief executive Colin Bettles described as “[not] properly explained to me at least”.


“Whether it was some practicalities around systems, we would like to think that we could find ways to overcome that to implement it, given the benefits that it could deliver, not only for growers in our industry, but the broader public as well,” said Mr Bettles in a series of hearings held last week.


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