New South Wales $100, 000, 000 Cash Splash Attempt To Combat The Mouse Plague

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The New South Wales government is pledging $100, 000, 000 as an extension to the Mouse Control Program aimed towards combatting the mouse plague.

As arguably the worst plague the state has seen, furious farmers labeled the government’s initial $50, 000, 000 support package a ‘dysfunctional joke’.

Farmers across the Central West and Riverina will now be able to claim back half of what they spend on zinc phosphide, up to the value of $10,000 in rebates.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro  said,

“I know the mice plague is stinging the hip pocket, which is why we are providing this rebate.”

State government's attempt to combat mouse plague:

Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales Adam Marshall, said purchases made since February 1 will be rebated.

He is working with manufacturers to shore up Zinc Phosphide supplies ahead of spring to ensure there's plenty available.

“Even the big cold snap happening across NSW may still not be enough to significantly dent mice numbers … before we get into the spring planting season”.

- Adam Marshall

New South Wales farmers are fearing the mouse plague could continue over two years and have already estimated a $1 billion hit from just the winter crops. 

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9 June 2021

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