Boost for chem­i­cal re­search in hor­ti­cul­ture

South Burnett Times - - RURAL WEEKLY -

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.”

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