Local supply secured for mice-killing chemical

The NSW Government has secured 5,000 litres of one of the world’s strongest mice-killing chemicals, fast-tracking further practical help for farmers to combat the plague currently impacting parts of rural NSW.

Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall said the anti-coagulant bromadiolone had been sourced locally, which meant distribution to primary producers could begin within days of Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) approval.

“As soon as the Commonwealth’s APVMA gives us approval to use bromadiolone for baiting crop perimeters we can start to distribute it out through our treatment stations absolutely free of charge to farmers,” Mr Marshall said.

“Five thousand litres will treat approximately 95 tonnes of grain. By securing a local supply of the chemical we ensure the NSW Government is ready to roll – no waiting for overseas shipments, no immediate supply issues.

“Experts will treat growers’ grain with bromadiolone completely free of charge to build a mice-free fortress to protect paddocks. When used in conjunction with in-field zinc phosphide baiting, farmers will have a multi-layered defense against the rodents.

“This is an unprecedented plague with no blueprint on how to handle it, but we’re giving our farmers the tools they need to combat these vile vermin. As circumstances evolve we will continue to adapt our best approach to support the agricultural industry.”

To best manage any potential risks posed to non-target species, bromadiolone will only be handled by Local Land Services experts when grain is being treated. Landholders will also be educated on best practice and will need to adhere to strict APVMA guidelines when handling treated grain.

The free grain treatment is part of the NSW Government’s $50 million support package to manage the impacts on regional communities, which also includes rebates for households and small businesses, community workshops and targeted pest research.

Mr Marshall said farmers can register for grain treatment online at www.lls.nsw.gov.au/mice or by calling their nearest LLS office.

“People can right now register their interest online. As soon as each site is open we will let them know when and where to bring their grain for treatment,” Mr Marshall said.

“We are in the final stages of confirming locations, but we’ll have sites running right through affected areas, from Wagga Wagga to Walgett, and Moree to Jerilderie.”

Sites will operate by appointment to ensure safe chemical handling and access for staff and customers.

Media: Luke O’Donnell, 0427 837 497.

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