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