Biofuel demand press Aussie grain prices
Grains prices are set for further gains next year as demand for grains to
make biofuels intensifies, Australia, the world's fifth-biggest wheat
For Australia's farmers, domestic returns on benchmark Australian Premium
White wheat should increase more than 50% next year, according to the Australian
Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (Abare).
malting barley prices are forecast to rise to A$346 a tonne from A$328 in
2006/07 and A$202 in 2005/06, Aabare said. For farmers, however, it is difficult
to capitalise on these prices because droughts are hampering crop growing.
Australia's exports of wheat in 2007/08 are likely to be nearly halved
as stocks run out after two successive years of drought, exporter AWB Ltd
estimated. ABARE said that Australian wheat production in 2007/08 will be around
12.7 million tonnes, barley about 5.5 million tonnes and canola around 931,000
These winter crop figures are significantly higher than last
year, but still far below average.
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