Fruit Growers across the Riverland will soon be able to access funding to install or replace damage netting, thanks to a new federal government program.
Member for Barker TonyPasinsaid the majority of orchards were not netted and despite the clear benefits to protected horticulture the up-front costs of installing the infrastructure was a major barrier for growers.
MrPasinsaid also said “Netting increases protection from sunburn, wind and hail—not to mention the birds,”
“Perhaps more importantly during the current drought and high water prices, netting delivers a dramatic improvement in water efficiency.
The scheme will commence in 2020 and operate until 31 December 2021 or until funds are fully committed. Eligible growers will be required to at least match the Commonwealth contribution and the trial program will be capped at $300,000 (GST exclusive) per grower.
Delivery arrangements are being finalised and further details will be available on the department’s website shortly.