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Bread Prices Could Rise if Drought Conditions Continue

FARM.JPGBread prices could be on the rise if drought conditions do not improve according to SA’s leading flour miller.

Laucke Flour Mill managing director Mark Laucke says the drought had made it more expensive to buy grain and says it was only matter of time before bread prices went up.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources estimates Australia's winter crop production will fall by 12 per cent from the previous winter crop, to 33.2 million tonnes.

South Australia's 2018 to 2019 grain harvest has fallen to an estimated 4.9 million tonnes with harvest now underway.

A number of areas in the state are drought affected, including the eastern Eyre Peninsula, upper North, northern Yorke Peninsula, eastern Mid North and North East pastoral district.