African Swine Fever more of an impact for Australian grain growers than coronavirus at the moment

Gregor Heard
Updated February 27 2020 - 8:40am, first published February 18 2020 - 6:00am
Ross Kingwell, AEGIC chief economist, says at present African Swine Fever has been a bigger influence on Australian grain growers than coronavirus but added the situation with coronavirus was yet to be fully understood.
Ross Kingwell, AEGIC chief economist, says at present African Swine Fever has been a bigger influence on Australian grain growers than coronavirus but added the situation with coronavirus was yet to be fully understood.

THE CORONAVIRUS is going to continue to have an impact on the Australian grains sector over coming months but the loss of demand due to African Swine Fever (ASF) is going to be a bigger issue over the medium term.

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Gregor Heard

Gregor Heard

National Grains Industry Reporter

Gregor Heard is ACM's national grains industry reporter, based in Horsham, Victoria. He has a wealth of knowledge surrounding the cropping sector through his 15 years in the role. Prior to that he was with the Fairfax network as a reporter with Stock & Land. Some of the major issues he has reported on during his time with the company include the deregulation of the export wheat market, the introduction of genetically modified crops and the fight to protect growers better from grain trader insolvencies. Still involved with the family farm he is passionate about rural Australia and its people and hopes to use his role to act as an advocate for those involved in the grain sector.

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