The Australian Government is providing farmers with greater flexibility to combat pests, diseases, and weeds through the sixth round of the Assistance Grants – Access to Industry Priority Uses of Agricultural and Veterinary (agvet) Chemicals 2020-21 grants program.
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud, said the grants would help Australian farmers access safe and effective agvet chemicals.
“Chemical use in Australia is highly regulated, which can make it cost-prohibitive for companies to register their products and difficult for farmers and companies to access the chemicals they need to control pests and diseases,” Minister Littleproud said.
“Rural Research and Development Corporations will receive $2 million to support applications to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) for access to minor uses chemicals.
“This will make it easier for Australian farmers to manage pests and diseases safely and effectively.
“The grants are part of a $16.7 million Australian Government commitment, the Improved Access to Agvet Chemicals program.
“In collaboration with Rural Research and Development Corporations and industry groups, we were able to compile a priority list of pest control solutions, allowing us to invest in what the industry actually needs.”
For more information on the agvet chemicals grants program, check out: https://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/ag-vet-chemicals/improved-access-agvet-chemicals/agvet-assistance-grants
How chemicals are regulated
· Agvet chemicals sold in Australia must be authorised by the APVMA, via registration or permit. The APVMA must also approve the specific uses of every product, based on its assessment of information contained in a comprehensive data package provided by applicants.
· To date, 192 grants totalling $11.86 million have been awarded under the grants program.
· The grants program has resulted in 41 new permit uses and eight new label uses for minor use agvet chemicals.
· A diverse range of commodities across the plant and animal sector have received support for projects. These include emerging industries, such as jujubes and commercially supplied wildflowers, and more established industries, such as grains.