A review of the 2013-14 grain harvest management scheme is expected to help farmers and transport operators in New South Wales to more efficiently move grain from paddock to port.

Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay announced the review in a March 11 statement, claiming auditing the scheme will lead to more productive industry outputs.

“Grain is one of our state’s most important agricultural industries and the Grain Harvest Management Scheme is our answer to the industry’s calls for a practical and cost-effective program to help move grain to market more efficiently,” Mr Gay explained.

“With the bulk of the summer grain harvest now completed, we are examining the 2013-14 Scheme to assess how it has helped to improve the efficient transport of grain in NSW.”

The trial of this new scheme was launched in October 2013 and was expected to run until May 2014. Reviewing the process now will allow changes and improvements to be identified by April 30 this year, leaving time for implementation before the management plan is initiated state-wide.

“More than 50 local councils in the grain belt are participating in a trial of the scheme which gives eligible vehicles transporting grain during the summer harvest five per cent flexibility on general mass limits,” Mr Gay revealed.

This flexibility is expected to benefit NSW farmers due to the difficulty in adhering to strict weight limits when commodities such as grain can measure at different weights and mass depending on moisture levels and stability.

Mr Gay has urged those farmers in NSW operating within the scheme’s trial area to complete the questionnaire and give feedback on their grain transportation this harvest season.

Taking part in this review is just one way to support more efficient grain transport in the future. Another factor should be ensuring you hold comprehensive crop insurance.

When you access this policy through MGA Insurance Brokers, you can benefit from cover for accidental damage caused in transit.

For more information, get in touch with the MGA team today.