Joint Media Release with Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources The Hon David Littleproud
Mango farmers in the Northern Territory will have access to new chemicals in the fight against pests and weeds, thanks to $1.78 million in Coalition Government grants.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said mango farmers in the Northern Territory know all too well the devastating impact that pests and weeds can inflict.
“Farmers need access to safe and reliable agvet chemicals,” Senator Scullion said.
“The Coalition Government’s Improved Access to Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals initiative is aimed at providing better access to chemicals.
“Territory mango farmers will get access to the chemical Transform to combat scale insects and their impact on a key crop for the NT.
“Australia’s agvet chemical market is relatively small, which can occasionally mean the cost involved in bringing an agvet chemical to market is uncommercial. This can leave Australian producers with a competitive disadvantage on international markets.
“This grant funding will help RDCs to fill these gaps and allow farmers to get on with the job of feeding and clothing the nation.
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, said the third round of the Agvet Chemicals Grants Program would deliver better farmgate returns through 26 grants to address a range of priority uses.
“This is all about giving farmers the right tools to stay ahead of the game and do what they do best, farm,” Minister Littleproud said.
“The funding is part of an $8 million commitment over four years (2014-2018) to help farmers gain improved access to safe and effective agvet chemicals.
“The previous two rounds awarded 100 grants totalling $4.11 million, improving chemical access for the effective treatment of annual rye grass in chickpeas, lupins and peas, a fungicide to prevent root rot in tomatoes.”
For more information on the grants, visit http://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/ag-vet-chemicals/improved-access-agvet-chemicals/agvet-assistance-grants