Minister Urged to Prepare for Mice Influx

The CSIRO and NSW Farmers have issued warnings about an expected increase in mice numbers heading into the cooler months.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said it is crucial the new NSW Government supports farmers and homeowners to prepare for the possible influx.

“There are many households and businesses across regional NSW whose daily lives, mental and physical health was impacted by the large numbers of mice two years ago.

“The pests chewed through crops, damaged farm machinery, swarmed homes and towns leading to millions of dollars of damage to crops and infrastructure.

Ms Cooke said at the time, the Government ensured bait supplies and rebates were made available with a $50 million support package for eligible landholders, households and small businesses.

“The package was very successful in supporting impacted landholders and critical in managing numbers throughout the year.

“A series of workshops were also held in conjunction with Local Land Services, which were invaluable to ensure primary producers were better informed about on-farm mouse management.”

Ms Cooke has called on the new Government to be prepared if the population spikes after what has been another bumper cropping season in many areas.

“I have written to the new Minister for Agriculture and urged her to ensure preparations are in place and support is made available if we see a repeat of the 2021 numbers.”

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