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Australia Potato farmers plead with Government to prevent dumping of European chips

00:19  23 may  2020
00:19  23 may  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Potato farmers have pleaded with the Federal Government to stop cheap imports from flooding the Australian market. "If we [Australia] want to be buying our potato chips from Europe every year, if that's Farmers and processors fear European potatoes will be dumped onto the Australian market.

Potato chips (often just chips ), or crisps (in British English), are thin slices of potato that have been either deep fried or baked until crunchy. They are commonly served as a snack, side dish, or appetizer.

The industry has warned dumping could spell the end of domestic potato chip production. © ABC News The industry has warned dumping could spell the end of domestic potato chip production.

Potato farmers have pleaded with the Federal Government to stop cheap imports from flooding the Australian market.

Coronavirus lockdowns in Europe have created a glut of potatoes estimated to be 2.6 million tonnes and growing.

Farmers and factories are concerned these potatoes will be dumped in Australia in the form of cheap potato chips.

Australian potato growers supply three-quarters of the domestic market.

Tasmanian farmer, Beau Gooch, has warned the country could be entirely reliant on imports if nothing is done to protect the industry.

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"If we [Australia] want to be buying our potato chips from Europe every year, if that's what the consumer wants, then that's what the consumer will get, if the government doesn't stand up and do something," he said.

The European Union has pledged 50 million euros to help their industries clear the glut of potatoes and prepare for next year's crop.

"When they've got a glut like this, they get rid of them at whatever price they can," Mr Gooch said.

The Tasmanian industry is already experiencing one of its most challenging seasons with rain causing rot and damage to the state's potato crop.

"If these potatoes hit at this point in time, I fear for the security of our factories going forward."

"The last thing we need is a kick in the guts by cheap imports," Mr Gooch said.

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Plea for help

AUSVEG, the industry's peak representative body, has asked the Federal Government to use emergency powers such as Article XXI of the World Trade Organisations's General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

It said these powers allow Australia to impose regulations in times of emergency.

"These are extraordinary times and we want the Minister to give some sort of assurance to us, that the government will do whatever it can to protect Australian growers from dumped product," CEO James Whiteside said.

Mr Whiteside said traditional anti-dumping claims would take too long and warned the entire domestic industry was at risk.

"The [Australian] processors won't be able to clear their inventory and they won't be able to compete with substantially subsidised product," he said.

"The whole industry will grind to a halt."

Mr Whiteside said the importance of domestic food and supply chain security has been highlighted by the pandemic.

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"And here we have a perfectly well operating market that just needs to be protected from dumped product," Mr Whiteside said.

"Why would we put that at risk?"

Federal Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said, "We are not aware of any compelling evidence at this time to back-up these claims, but we are continuing to discuss the matter with AUSVEG."

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