Improving chemical solutions for pest and weed problems
30 April 2018
- Grants totalling $1.78 million announced to improve access to agvet chemicals
- The 26 grants will address a range of priority uses, including fodder beets in the dairy industry, mushrooms, green tea, quinoa and papaya.
- Third round in an $8 million four-year investment to improve access to agvet chemicals for farmers struggling to deal with pests and weeds
Aussie farmers struggling to keep on top of pests and weeds will have access to a wider range of chemicals thanks to a $1.78 million Coalition Government investment.
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said the third round of the Agvet Chemicals Grants Program would deliver 26 grants to address a range of priority uses.
"We need to give farmers the tools to stay ahead of the game and do what they do best, farm," Minister Littleproud said.
"This round will unlock access to a range of chemicals which include applications for fodder beets in the dairy industry, mushrooms, green tea, quinoa and papaya.
"These include Targo to manage mites in cocoa crops, Sero-X to manage mirids in lucerne crops, Vivado to manage cobwebs in mushrooms and Amistar to manage leaf blight in sweet corn.
"It is important that we continue to provide our farmers with access to the safe and reliable chemicals they need to feed and clothe Australia.
"Sometimes the cost involved in bringing an agvet chemical to market is uncommercial—and this can mean Australian farmers may not get access to all the chemicals farmers have overseas.
"That's where these merit-based grants come in.
"The previous two rounds of the program awarded 100 grants to RDC applicants totalling $4.11 million, and have already resulted in improved chemical access.
"This includes an effective treatment of annual rye grass in chickpeas, lupins and peas, a fungicide to prevent root rot in tomatoes and a growth regulator for use in our mango industry."
For more information, visit http://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/ag-vet-chemicals/improved-access-agvet-chemicals/agvet-assistance-grants.
- The Coalition Government has committed $8 million over four years (2014-2018) to help farmers gain improved access to safe and effective agvet chemicals. Initiatives include work to:
- develop and implement an agvet collaborative forum to help farmers to share their access needs with each other and chemical companies
- support a merit based grant program enabling rural research and development corporations (RDCs) to generate data to support applications for new chemical uses to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).