Improving access to agricultural and veterinary chemicals
Funding to improve access to agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemicals will put farmers on a more equitable footing with their international competitors.
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the Australian Government had committed $8 million over four years to fast-track new products and approve greater uses of existing chemicals.
"This funding will help Australian producers have access to the same new and innovative agvet chemicals on offer overseas," Minister Joyce said.
"Australia is a relatively small market, which can sometimes mean that the cost involved in registering an agvet chemical makes the venture uncommercial.
"Access to safe and effective agvet chemicals is crucial to our agricultural and livestock industries, the community and the environment.
"Agvet chemicals stop the spread of disease amongst our livestock and boost our productivity by eliminating damaging pests and diseases from our food and fibre crops—put simply, they are critical in helping us to produce some of the safest food in the world and driving profits back to the farmgate.
"That's why we want to reduce the barriers our producers have in accessing the products they need."
As part of this commitment, Minister Joyce today launched an assistance grants programme to support the Research and Development Corporations (RDCs) to submit applications to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) for industry-agreed priority uses of agvet chemicals.
"RDCs can now receive funding of up to $50,000 per priority use to assist them in generating data and submitting an application to the APVMA," Minister Joyce said.
Minister Joyce said this initiative complemented the work being done on red tape reduction in the agvet chemicals sector, as part of the government's deregulation agenda.
"A lot of regulation in the agvet chemicals sector is costly, burdensome and outdated," Minister Joyce said.
"To date, red tape reform will save the agvet chemical sector more than $7 million a year—and we're still working to identify more areas where we can cut costs for our food and fibre producing industries.
"This government continues to show that we're committed to a productive, profitable and competitive agriculture sector."
For more information on how to access these grants, visit: agriculture.gov.au/improved-access-agvet-chemicals.