• Jason Regan

Mice bait rebates open for Riverina producers

The NSW Government has announced mice bait rebates for farmers, small

businesses and households have been extended into 2022.

Primary producers can now make multiple claims up to $10,000 in zinc phosphide based bait rebates (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

Primary producers will now be able to make multiple claims for zinc phosphide purchases, up to the $10,000 cap. Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke welcomed the extension of the program and urged eligible farmers, households and small businesses in the region to take advantage of the support.

“This is a great opportunity that continues to minimise the cost burden for our farmers, small businesses and local while allowing them to prepare ahead of a potential future surge in mice numbers in 2022,” Ms Cooke said.
“Our farmers know how to protect their crops and most are prepared to meet an expected mouse surge but some might need the extra help after a tough run of drought/floods/fires/Covid-19.”

Under the changes, eligible households and small businesses in the Cootamundra

electorate have until 31 January to claim up to $1,000 respectively to help

meet the cost of mice baits, traps and mice-related cleaning materials bought after 1

February 2021.

Primary producers, who can now make multiple claims up to $10,000 in zinc

phosphide based bait rebates will also have until 31 January next year to claim.

Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall said the primary producer rebates had proven

very successful so far, and were critical in helping keep numbers down.

“Farmers did the right thing and baited with zinc phosphide early, ahead of the current harvest, and they will now able to make multiple claims up to the $10,000 cap and get cash flow support sooner,” Mr Marshall said.

For information on rebates for small businesses and households, visit the Service

NSW website.

For information on zinc phosphide rebates, visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au.

For the latest information about the mice plague, including information about

eligibility, how rebates can be claimed as well as health advice visit