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Pome fruit growers urged to be ready to apply for netting rebates

Pome fruit growers urged to be ready to apply for netting rebates

first_imgPome fruit growers urged to be ready to apply for netting rebates ​Up to $300,000 available from Commonwealth netting rebates to boost orchard productivity and profitabilityApplications allocated on a first in, first served basisWestern Australian apple and pear growers are being urged to act quickly to seize a share of $1.45 million in Commonwealth rebates to purchase and install netting to protect their orchards.Applications for the rebates, which open on Thursday, April 8, are being allocated on a first in, first served basis.Eligible businesses can apply for a financial co-contribution of up to 50 per cent of the total cost of purchasing and installing permanent protective netting and associated support structures to a maximum of $300,000.The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is administering the Horticultural Netting Infrastructure Scheme in WA.The rebate for works undertaken after December 16, 2019 is for approved netting mesh, with holes less than 30 millimetres.For more details about the Commonwealth Government’s Horticulture Netting Infrastructure Scheme and to apply visit the DPIRD website https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/horticulture-netting-infrastructure-schemeAs stated by Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:“This is a great opportunity for pome fruit growers to boost orchard productivity and profitability by upgrading their protective cropping infrastructure with support from this Commonwealth scheme.“Netting protects yields and quality from the impact of sunburn, wind and hail, as well as birds and other pests.“Research has demonstrated that netting can improve water use efficiency by about 20 per cent, resulting in improved orchard productivity.“Rebate recipients are encouraged to employ local contractors and suppliers, where possible, and must meet all relevant planning and building regulations.“The State Government is supporting the extension of the Commonwealth program to WA, to assist our orchard growers to be more resilient and competitive.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, Australia, Australian, building, commonwealth, efficiency, Government, horticulture, infrastructure, Minister, purchase, quality, regional development, research, WA, Western Australialast_img read more