News last update:6 Aug 2012

Aussie farmers forced to use road transport

Farmers in the Australian state Victoria are forced to use more costly road transport after the closure of grain freight operations by Pacific National.

Pacific National's parent company Asciano has announced it will also scale back operations in New South Wales, as a result of years of drought and poor harvests.

Geoff Nalder from the Victorian Farmers Federation says farmers will have to turn to road transport. He is blaming a lack of state government investment in rail infrastructure.

"Those businesses operating grain haulage on rail are just so handicapped by the poor state of the underwheel infrastructure that it's a non profit making operation for them," he says.

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