9 October, 2021
Mouse rebates more accessible
Government rebates for individuals and businesses impacted by the mouse plague have become more accessible in recent weeks.
NSW Farmers Vice President, Xavier Martin, said the Rural Assistance Authority (RAA) are working with individual primary producers to demonstrate their eligibility, and have developed a new form of eligibility involving bait suppliers and agronomists for people who had trouble applying.
“This is great news, and it comes after some serious lobbying. I want to thank the RAA for their work in getting this support to where it’s needed the most, and for working with us to make sure people don’t miss out on a technicality,” said Mr Martin.
A $150 million package from the NSW government was announced earlier this year after lobbying from various groups such as CWA and NSW Farmers.
This came after estimates the mouse plague would chew a billion-dollar hole in the farmgate value of winter crops.
A NSW Farmers survey found a third of respondents estimated losses between $50,000 and $150,000, with a loss of stored grain and fodder having the greatest financial impact.
“We worked hard to secure this funding from the state government, and I would encourage anyone who’s had trouble in the past to reach out to the RAA and try again,” said Mr Martin.
“I don’t want anyone to self-assess or not take up this support because they think it’s too hard – NSW Farmers has been talking to primary producers about the challenges and we’re thankful the RAA has listened to us.
“With another boom in mouse numbers on the way, it’s vital we get on top of the problem now.”
The Zinc Phosphide Rebate for Primary Producers program involves a one-off rebate to assist primary producers in eligible LGAs experiencing financial hardship due to the mouse plague.