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The Wheatbelt Railway Retention Alliance has warned millions of tonnes of grain, harvested during the upcoming season, could go to waste because of the poor state of Western Australia's grain freight network.
With WA coming off a record grain harvest, at least some of that crop is expected to be in storage until next harvest.
The alliance has been campaigning for additional investment in the network, to repair dilapidated rail lines.
The alliance's Bill Cowan says, without major upgrades this year, large amounts of grain could be wasted if next year's harvest resembles the current one in size.
"If we have a strong one, with what we have now with the infrastructure we have now, I think there's every possibility somewhere farmers are going to miss out to the tune of three million, and maybe as high as six million, tonnes," he said.
"There could be three to six million tonnes of crop left out in fields because it just can't get to market or get to port."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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