Peel region farmers get grant for chemicals to ward off pests

Federal Member for Canning Andrew Hastie with Karragullen Orchardist Tom Price.
Federal Member for Canning Andrew Hastie with Karragullen Orchardist Tom Price.

PEEL Region farmers will have access to new chemicals in the fight against pests after a $1.78 million grant was issued by the Coalition government.

Federal Member for Canning Andrew Hastie said local farmers would need the right resources to fight weeds and bugs that have the potential to inflict havoc on their crops.

“The Perth Hills and the Peel region are home to a wide variety of innovative and resilient producers, but they need access to safe and reliable chemicals,” Mr Hastie said.

“The Coalition Government’s Improved Access to Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Initiative is aimed at providing better access to chemicals farmers need.

“Australia’s AgVet chemical market is relatively small, which can occasionally mean that the cost involved in bringing chemicals to market is quite high.

“This can leave Australian producers at a disadvantage against international competition.”

In WA chemicals have been approved to protect a range of crops, including leafy vegetables, strawberries, quinoa, tea tree, lucerne, bulb vegetables, fruiting vegetables among others.

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said the third round of the Agvet Chemicals Grants Program would deliver better farm gate 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,” Mr Littleproud said.

“The funding is part of an $8 million commitment over four years to help farmers gain access to safe and effective chemicals.

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