China deal to boost grain boom

CHINA bought almost every shipment of Australian sorghum and barley for the first time ever this year, highlighting the importance of agriculture to a trade deal between the two countries that has been agreed but not ratified.

As the selling season comes to an end government figures show Australian exports of barley, sorghum and wheat to China will top $US1.5 billion ($2.14 billion) this year, nearly double the value of sales to Indonesia.