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South Australian horticulture’s $14.6m in net benefits

Monday 29 June 2020

South Australian horticulture producers can now apply for grants of up to $300,000 to install new or replace damaged netting, helping those who have been impacted by hailstorms in recent years.


  • $14.6 million in grants for South Australian horticulture growers to purchase and install protective netting.
  • Netting delivers productivity boosts by protecting crops from extreme weather and pests.
  • The Horticultural Netting Infrastructure Program will be implemented by Primary Industries and Regions South Australia.

Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud today joined Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston, Premier Steven Marshall and Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone in announcing the $14.6 million Horticultural Netting Infrastructure Program.

"Many of South Australia’s horticulture crops are not netted simply because the costs of installing the infrastructure is a major barrier for growers," Minister Littleproud said.

"Now, under this program, eligible growers can access grants of up to $300,000 towards the cost of netting purchase and installation.

"This is going to help protect their valuable crop, putting more money in their hip pockets and local economies.

"Netting is an important tool in resilience and risk management for horticulture producers helping to limit damage from hailstorms and pests whilst also saving water."

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said producers in both the Riverland and Adelaide Hills had been particularly impacted by hailstorms in recent years.

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