Pro­tect­ing our farms

Gatton Star - - INTO RURAL -

THE Fed­eral Govern­ment last week re­leased its na­tional re­sponse to the in­de­pen­dent re­view of the In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Agree­ment on Biose­cu­rity.

It rep­re­sents a com­mit­ment by all gov­ern­ments to build a stronger na­tional biose­cu­rity sys­tem to meet new chal­lenges and pro­tect Aus­tralia’s farm­ing fu­ture.

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture David Lit­tleproud said the govern­ment had ac­cepted all 42 rec­om­men­da­tions to strengthen the sys­tem in the next 10 years.

“Aus­tralia’s in­ter­na­tional trade is boom­ing and more peo­ple are head­ing Down Un­der on hol­i­day, which cre­ates new biose­cu­rity chal­lenges,” Mr Lit­tleproud said.

“We’ll fo­cus on biose­cu­rity aware­ness, sus­tain­able fund­ing, re­search and in­no­va­tion, and man­ag­ing biose­cu­rity across all sec­tors.

“We need to know where the risks are to be able to deal with them more quickly.”

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