Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Mice rebates now available

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Zinc phosphide rebates are now available as part of a $150 million mice support package.

Eligible primary producers laying defences against a spring surge in mouse population­s are encouraged to claim the rebate, which will cover 50 per cent of the cost of zinc phosphide baits, up to $10,000.

‘‘Our farmers have endured the toughest of conditions with recent seasons of drought, bushfires, floods, COVID-19 and now the mice plague and we want to help them protect their crops from rodents which pose a serious threat to the upcoming harvest,’’ Deputy Premier John Barilaro said.

‘‘We have made $100 million available for zinc phosphide rebates so that farmers are armed and ready if mice numbers begin to increase as we get closer to spring.’’

Agricultur­e Minister Adam Marshall said with stronger zinc phosphide based baits now available, farmers would be well equipped to face an expected spring surge of mice numbers, when the weather warmed up.

The NSW Rural Assistance Authority will administer the program. Go to www.raa.nsw.gov.au for more.

For informatio­n about household and small business rebates, visit www.nsw.gov.au/mice.

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