Grains Australia (GAL) has been awarded $969,480 in Federal Government funding to develop new export markets for Australian grains, oilseeds and pulses.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said grain production is an important industry throughout the electorate of Barker, and this funding would see the development of new overseas markets and accelerate trade diversification.

“Australian grain is highly regarded in Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam and the subcontinent, and we are under increasing competition from other suppliers and emerging production, particularly from the Black Sea region and Argentina,” said Mr Pasin.

“This funding will help the grain sector focus in on new and emerging markets and build the reputation and quality of our crops.”

Mr Pasin said the grains industry was also developing a collaborative grains partnership with India, bringing together stakeholders from government and industry from both countries to build a platform for future trade in grain and grain products.

“The gross value of Australian crop production is estimated to have reached a near-record $35.5 billion in 2020-21 and grains, oilseeds and pulses accounted for 50 per cent of this. Market access is an important part of ensuring we can continue this growth and the industry in Barker can reach its potential.”