Boost for chemical research in horticulture
AN ESTIMATED 7000 produce and nursery growers across Australia stand to benefit from increased access to chemicals after Horticulture Innovation Australia secured more than $1.2 million in agriculture research grants.
Horticulture Innovation Australia chief executive John Lloyd said the organisation was successful in securing 26 grants in the latest round of the Australian Government’s agriculture and veterinary (Agvet) chemicals programme – which is a big win for industry.
“This round of chemical research grants stands to benefit a broad range of producers from nut, citrus, berry, tropical fruit and vegetable growers to nursery product producers,” Mr Lloyd said.
“By law, any plant protection chemicals used in agriculture must be assessed and approved by the APVMA.”