Help for fire ants program

Western Times - - NEWS -

AN AD­DI­TIONAL 140 staff mem­bers have been added to the team work­ing to erad­i­cate fire ants in Queens­land.

Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Bill Byrne said the decade-long erad­i­ca­tion program start­ing this month would dou­ble the ef­fort to neu­tralise the threat of red im­ported fire ants.

“The fo­cus of the erad­i­ca­tion program over the next 10 years is to re­duce the size of the in­fes­ta­tion in a staged ap­proach, rolling out an erad­i­ca­tion treat­ment program from west to east,” Mr Byrne said.

“Three rounds of bait treat­ment will be ap­plied over a nine-month pe­riod, with the bait treat­ment ex­pected to com­mence this month.”

Suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments have spent $353 mil­lion on erad­i­ca­tion since fire ants were first de­tected in 2001.

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