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Victorian Farmers Federation’s Grains Group looks to minimise the cost of the current mouse plague

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The Victorian grain belt is currently experiencing a mouse plague of large proportions, and as a result, the Victorian Farmers Federation’s (VFF) Grains Group has supported an application for the use of zinc phosphide to help control mouse numbers.

The application for an Emergency Use Permit was submitted by 4Farmers, a West Australian chemical company, and will be presented to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).

As a result of the recent wet weather across Australian, the mouse infestation is affecting areas across NSW, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia and is a bigger problem for farmers than was expected.

Andrew Weidmann of VFF Grains Group explained that the fact that there are only two providers of mice control chemicals in Australia, coupled with the magnitude of the plague, means that there could be chemical shortages as well as high costs for grain producers affected in the area.

He continued to explain that the application to the APVMA to register a zinc phosphide product will enable farmers to treat their own seed and effectively produce their own mice bait. The Emergency Use Permit will ensure there is sufficient supply that is inexpensive for farmers to access.

Zinc phosphide is used as a rodenticide all over the world; however, it has only recently been registered for use in Australia. It is used extensively in Australia for controlling mouse populations in grain crops and additional use under permit for the control of rat populations has also occurred.

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