READY FOR OUTBREAK
A MAJOR biosecurity program has been designed to ensure Queensland has the capacity to respond quickly to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).
Agriculture Minister John McVeigh said the foot-and-mouth disease preparedness program was designed to protect Queensland’s farm industries.
“Modelling shows a large-scale, multi-state outbreak could potentially cost up to $52 billion and we’d be unlikely to fully recover some major agricultural export markets for more than 10 years after an outbreak,” Mr McVeigh said.
“Australia has been free from the disease since the 1800s, and the Queensland Government is taking the action to keep it that way.”