Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.”

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