Big bucks to fight some tiny invaders
AGRICULTURE ministers from across Australia yesterday committed to fund a 10-year $411.4 million plan to rid Australia of red imported fire ants.
Queensland Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Bill Byrne said all ministers at the Agricultural Ministers’ Forum had agreed it was in the national interest to effectively double the current amount of treatment and surveillance.
“As a result of this agreement, the National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program will receive $38 million a year, adjusted annually for inflation, until 2027,” Mr Byrne said.
Mr Byrne said the boosted program would be overseen by an independent steering committee.
“The 10-year eradication plan has been approved by AGMIN and will now be implemented as a priority in Queensland,” Mr Byrne said.
The plan includes expanding the fire ant treatment program from September 2017 to May 2018.
If you see any suspect ants, please take a photograph and submit it via daf.qld.gov.au/fireants.