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AgForce plead to break rail grain haulage impasse

<p>Agforce has called on Queensland Rail to resume temporarily rail grain haulage under its old terms and conditions until a dispute over a new agreement can be reached.</p> <p>AgForce Grains policy director Jeff Lock said Queensland’s grain growers were being held to ransom as a result of the row between QR and the Export Grain Logistics, a joint venture of AWB and GrainCorp.</p> <p>"No grain has moved through Queensland’s rail system since the old agreement expired on August 31, placing extraordinary pressure on the road transport system," Mr Lock said.</p> <p>Everyone could understand some increase in charges for rising fuel and other costs but QR’s decision to seek 10% or higher general average increase was "completely unacceptable to the grains industry".</p> <table width="228" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" align="right" height="312" name="test"> <tr> <td width="228" height="10"> <div align="center"><font size="1"><b>Advertisemen</b>t</font>