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Growers invited to participate in Industry Funding Scheme survey

Grains, seed and hay growers in Western Australia are invited to comment on the operations of the Grains, Seeds and Hay Industry Funding Scheme (IFS).

The scheme uses funding authorised under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act), which allows producers to raise funds to tackle priority pests and diseases.

The scheme is overseen by a Management Committee of growers appointed by the WA Minister for Agriculture and Food.

Grains, Seeds and Hay IFS Management Committee chairman Ron Creagh said the committee relied on input from industry to determine which pest and disease threats required action.

“The funding scheme is industry-driven,” Mr Creagh said.

“Industry and the Management Committee decide which priority pests and diseases should be tackled through the scheme and funds are collected from growers to achieve that.

“This allows growers to raise funds to self-manage serious pests and diseases that may threaten the viability and sustainability of our industry.

“Grains, seed and hay growers in agricultural areas of the State currently contribute 25 cents for every tonne of grains and seed they sell and 12.5 cents per tonne of hay.”

Funds are currently used for programs targeting skeleton weed and three-horned bedstraw.

The survey will provide growers with the opportunity to have their say on the priority pests and diseases going forward.

“We want to know if industry believes programs targeting skeleton weed and three-horned bedstraw are the most effective use of industry funds,” Mr Creagh said.

“We’d also like to know whether we need to improve industry engagement with the scheme.”

All Western Australian grain, seed and hay growers in the South West of the State participate in the Grains, Seed and Hay IFS, unless they have voluntarily opted out.

Producers of grains, seed and hay are encouraged to have their say on the operations of the scheme by completing the online survey at surveymonkey.com/r/GSHIFS.

The survey can also be completed over the phone or as a hard copy by contacting the IFS executive officer on +61 (0)8 9690 2171.

The survey remains open until 4pm Friday, 18 August 2017.

The WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s agriculture and food division provide executive support to all three Biosecurity Industry Funding Schemes.

Source: WA DPIRD

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