Grains, seed and hay growers in WA are encouraged to respond now to a survey on the operations of the Grains, Seeds and Hay Industry Funding Scheme (IFS).
Nungarin grower and chairman of the IFS Management Committee, Ron Creagh, said the committee relied on input from industry to determine which pest and disease threats required action.
“Growers and the committee decide on the pests and diseases that should be tackled, and funds collected through the scheme go towards biosecurity programs,” Mr Creagh said.
“This model allows industry to raise the necessary funds to self-manage the pests and diseases considered to threaten the productivity and sustainability of our industry.”
In July 2017, the committee opened an online survey to provide growers the opportunity to have their say on priority pests and diseases.
Programs targeting skeleton weed and three-horned bedstraw are currently funded.
“We initiated the survey to find out if industry believes the existing programs are the most effective use of industry funds,” Mr Creagh said.
“We’d also like growers’ perception of the scheme’s engagement with industry.”
All Western Australian grain, seed and hay growers in the South West Land Division participate in the IFS, unless they have voluntarily opted out.
Producers of grains, seed and hay are urged to have their say on the operations of the scheme by completing the online survey before it closes at 4pm, Friday, 18 August 2017.
Growers can complete the survey over the phone or by mail, if they prefer, by contacting the IFS Executive Officer on +61 (0)8 9690 2171.
The IFS is an industry-driven scheme, backed by funding authorised under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act).
The Agriculture and Food division of the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development provides executive support to all three Biosecurity Industry Funding Schemes.
Source: WA DPIRD