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Govt announces new grants for pest and weed control solutions

Grain Central, April 30, 2018

The Federal Government has announced the third round of the Agvet Chemicals Grants Program which will give Australian farmers access to a wider range of chemicals for pests and weeds.

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said the program will 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.”

Source: Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources. For more information, visit agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/ag-vet chemicals/improved-access-agvet-chemicals/agvet-assistance-grants.

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