New resources to help farmers fight against pests and weeds

Farming grants: Andrew Hastie with orchardist Tom Price. Photo: supplied.
Farming grants: Andrew Hastie with orchardist Tom Price. Photo: supplied.

New chemicals will now be available to farmers in the fight against pests and weeds thanks to the Coalition Government awarding $1.78 million in grants.

The chemicals have been approved to protect a range of crops, including leafy vegetables, strawberries, bulb vegetables and fruiting vegetables among others. 

Canning MP Andrew Hastie said local farmers needed the right resources to fight weeds and bugs that have the potential to inflict havoc on their crops.

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

Agriculture and Water Resources Minister 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.”