- The Horticultural Netting Program has been announced for Queensland apple and pear growers.
- Netting delivers productivity boosts by protecting crops from extreme weather and pests.
- The program will be implemented by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Queensland apple and pear growers will be able to access $1.5 million in grants to purchase protective netting.
The funding was announced today by Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud and Queensland Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner.
“We know that cost is a significant barrier for many horticulturalists to accessing protective netting, even though it can significantly reduce the impact of weather events and pests,” Minister Littleproud said.
“These grants will allow apple and pear growers to access 50 per cent of the cost of purchasing and installing protective netting, up to $150,000.”
Minister Furner said that the funding was a welcome investment in Queensland’s horticulture industry.
“Around 10 per cent of Australia’s apples are produced in Queensland, and the state is home to a diverse horticultural industry,” Minister Furner said.
“This funding recognises the importance of horticulture to Queensland’s broader agricultural industry.
“I look forward to working with the Australian Government and hope we can continue to work together to deliver positive outcomes for Queensland.”
The scheme will begin from 24 May 2021 and operate until 30 June 2023 or until funds are fully committed. For more information visit daf.qld.gov.au or phone 13 25 23. Applications will be assessed strictly in order of receipt from 24 May 2021.
- The agreement with Queensland is a part of the ‘Horticultural Netting Program – trial’ included in the 2019 MYEFO.
- Eligible growers will receive 50 per cent of the cost of purchasing and installing protective netting, up to a maximum of $150,000.
- Queensland produced 10 per cent of Australia’s apples and 12 per cent of overall horticultural exports in 2019-2020.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities
The Honourable Mark Furner
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