Western NSW primary producers feeling the strain of this year's mouse plague are being urged not to self-assess for financial aid.
Peak body NSW Farmers reports it is working with the Rural Assistance Authority (RAA) to ensure the roll-out of the zinc phosphide rebate program is reaching farmers.
The NSW government made $100 million available from August 2 for recouping some costs of the rodenticide so producers would be armed and ready for any growing mouse numbers as spring approached.
The program will cover 50 per cent of the cost of zinc phosphide baits, up to $10,000 and is open until December 17 to assist eligible farmers going through financial hardship due to the plague.
NSW Farmers vice president Xavier Martin, who earlier in August highlighted signs of increased mouse activity, said the RAA had a team of experienced assessors who could help farmers with their application.
"The key message is don't self-assess, pick up the phone to the RAA and talk through your circumstances, as all 400 applicants have been accommodated so far," Mr Martin said.
"There are hardship provisions that are designed to ensure the support gets to where it is most needed.
"The rebate is also available to farmers that have invested in trying to get on top of the plague."
The rebate is also available to farmers that have invested in trying to get on top of the plague.NSW Farmers vice president Xavier Martin
His other tip was to apply early.
"Even if you think you may want to wait until later in the year to claim your rebate," he said.
"You can apply now and submit your invoices later but they must be in one submission.
"The RAA team are there to help so if you have any concerns, questions or feedback, give them a call on 1800 678 593.
"NSW Farmers successfully advocated for this baiting rebate program and we want to ensure that all eligible farmers can apply."
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