The Victorian State Government will work to maintain the state’s agricultural biosecurity, following a $44.4 million investment over 2 years.
The funds will support Agriculture Victoria directly in securing overseas market access for farmers and protecting the state from pests and disease.
A ten-year national plan is also in plan to eradicate the invasive Red Imported Fire Ant, with the Victorian government providing an additional $19.2 million over 4 years.
Support will also continue for the implementation of electronic tagging in sheep and goats, helping producers reduce any risks to our meat and wool trade.
Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford commented on the investment saying, “Victoria’s primary producers continue to punch well above their weight.
“They’re doing their part – it’s up to Government to do ours.
“By investing in biosecurity, we’re protecting our state’s clean, green reputation and the livelihood of thousands of Victorian farmers.
“We’re taking action because we know that strong biosecurity means a strong agricultural sector,” she said.
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