Govt anounces $50m to provide free baits to handle mice plague ‘scourge’

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The New South Wales Government will provide free baits to treat grain as part of a $50 million support package for regional farmers to help tackle the ongoing mouse plague.

The package, announced by NSW Agricultural Minister Adam Marshall on 2GB this morning, will see free grain baiting treatments and rebates on offer across the region to help challenge the “scourge”.

Dozens of dead rodents in Coonamble. mouse plague

The announcement comes as farmers gathered at State Parliament earlier this week asking for $25,000 to bait the mice, but no ministers attended their meeting.

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“We’ll actually be providing free chemical poison baits for farmers, primary producers, croppers to challenge this scourge,” Mr Marshall said.

Mr Marshall said he had been “everywhere across the bush” talking with farmers about how they could best support the region, taking the form of the $50m package.
“Beyond the paddocks, (we’ll also) provide rebates for small business and for households whether they’re on the farm or in our rural towns, to help them with the costs of all the baits that they’re buying.”
NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro also announced the creation of an advisory committee that will help combat the rodent infestation through expert advice and tracking information.
“I am also forming an advisory committee to ensure everyone has access to expert advice, including the latest hot spots, health and food safety advice, information for vets and guidance for keeping children and animals safe,” Mr Barilaro said.