Grain handling inquiry wins support
State Parliament will investigate grain handling in South Australia amid widespread anger from farmers over the latest harvest.
The House of Assembly has given bipartisan support for a select committee inquiry.
Farmers have complained about such things as silo closures, long waits and quality downgrades they disagreed with.
Grain handler Viterra is conducting its own harvest review.
Opposition agriculture spokesman Adrian Pederick says farmers may have lost millions of dollars and a parliamentary inquiry is warranted.
"I'm pleased that Viterra are having a look at the industry ... but I think the parliamentary inquiry will be very good at getting a good, open, independent transparent view of what's going on in the industry so that we don't have this extreme level of unhappiness right across the state," he said.
A grain grower in the Mallee hopes the inquiry will focus on more than the current problems facing growers.
Leighton Huxtable from Karoonda says anger has been building for years.
"Way back to when, prior to the amalgamation of AusBulk and the then-ABB, so there's been a lot of discontent I suppose from growers from a long way back and I suppose it come to a climax this year," he said.
"The anger is real and there are very very few supporters of Viterra I believe out there, especially in this eastern area where we think we've certainly been dealt a fairly hard blow."http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/03/10/3159953.htm