Growers call for ban on Argentinian imports amid peanut smut fears - ABC Online

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Australian peanut growers fear their industry is next in line to be devastated by a biosecurity breach.

More than half of the peanuts consumed in Australia are imported from a number of countries, including Argentina.

But with that country in the grip of a peanut smut outbreak, local growers are worried and have called for an immediate ban on peanut imports from Argentina.

Rob Patch is a peanut grower in the southern Queensland town of Kingaroy, Australia's peanut growing and processing heartland, and is worried that his town and industry are at risk from imported peanuts.

"It's not here yet but if it does arrive, there's no getting rid of it," he said.

"When the peanuts come in to be shelled, that's when the problems occur and so all that area around there would be contaminated so, feasibly you'd have to shut the whole lot down to contain it.

"So if you took all those jobs out of Kingaroy and all that infrastructure, it's a massive blow."

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Growers call for ban on Argentinian imports amid peanut smut fears - ABC Online
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Australian peanut growers fear their industry is next in line to be devastated by a biosecurity breach.

More than half of the peanuts consumed in Australia are imported from a number of countries, including Argentina.

But with that country in the grip of a peanut smut outbreak, local growers are worried and have called for an immediate ban on peanut imports from Argentina.

Rob Patch is a peanut grower in the southern Queensland town of Kingaroy, Australia's peanut growing and processing heartland, and is worried that his town and industry are at risk from imported peanuts.

"It's not here yet but if it does arrive, there's no getting rid of it," he said.

"When the peanuts come in to be shelled, that's when the problems occur and so all that area around there would be contaminated so, feasibly you'd have to shut the whole lot down to contain it.

"So if you took all those jobs out of Kingaroy and all that infrastructure, it's a massive blow."

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