Growers in the Granite Belt area are set to benefit from the Horticultural Netting Program’s expansion. A $10.9 million Queensland-wide expansion to the program allows horticulture growers to access 50 per cent of the cost of purchasing and installing protective netting. The first round was announced in May last year.
Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud MP said this brings Queenland’s netting funding total to $13 million. “Horticultural netting provides a huge range of benefits. Properly installed netting can seriously improve both the quality and quantity of fresh food crops, while reducing water usage by up to 30 per cent.”
Littleproud said although the program is state-wide, Granite Belt producers are especially impacted. Horticulture producers can apply to the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority for grant from 24 May.