Funds to hit pests

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment will pro­vide an ex­tra $500,000 to help control pest an­i­mals and weeds in drought-af­fected ar­eas.

Mem­ber for Du­rack Melissa Price said tack­ling pests was im­por­tant dur­ing drought, where weeds dom­i­nated pas­ture ar­eas and food scarcity re­sulted in live­stock losses at the hands of wild dogs.

“Each year pest an­i­mals and weeds cost our farm­ers around $4 bil­lion in live­stock losses, dis­ease con­trols, and weed man­age­ment costs — ru­in­ing our en­vi­ron­ment and im­pact­ing agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tiv­ity and the value of ru­ral prop­er­ties,” she said.

“This fund­ing will de­liver re­gion­ally based and man­aged pest and weed man­age­ment projects to help farm­ers control weeds and pests mov­ing on to their al­ready drought-af­fected prop­er­ties.”

Ms Price said the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment would work with the State Gov­ern­ment to iden­tify projects where fund­ing was needed most.

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