THE WEEKLY TIMES | NSW Farmers call for ACCC investigation into grain pricing


NSW Farmers say growers are questioning whether they have lost about 30 per cent of their pay cheques through heavy discounting of prices in international markets.


The state farm lobby group’s vice-president Xavier Martin said the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission should investigate the big disparity between what Australian growers were being paid for their canola, wheat and barley compared with their counterparts in North America.


Grain Producers Australia and Grain Growers Limited have been pushing for an ACCC inquiry during the Federal election campaign.


GPA chief executive Colin Bettles said pricing disparity between local and international markets remained the number 1 issue for grain growers.


“The problem is the market has not been analysed properly since the market was deregulated,” Mr Bettles said.