Five-year plan for biosecurity launched
MINISTER for Agricultural Industry Development Mark Furner stopped to smell the roses in the Lockyer Valley before revealing the State Government’s new Queensland Biosecurity Strategy.
The five-year plan, announced at Tamor Rose Farm in Grantham, will provide the framework to protect the state’s almost $20 billion agriculture industry.
Minister Furner said the Queensland Biosecurity Strategy was a blueprint to ensure Queensland remained at the forefront of effective biosecurity measures.
“Queensland’s biosecurity system faces increasing challenges from the growth in global trade and movement of people and maintaining the integrity of that system is a top priority for the Palaszczuk Government,” Mr Furner said.
“The strategy will help keep Queensland ahead of the curve in delivering effective biosecurity measures that assist in safeguarding our reliable food supply, our lifestyle, environment and economy.
“The strategy will be a developing process in regards to identifying matters that may be of issue, that’s why it’s important we engage with industry to ensure that we pick up on any threat as a result of that.”
He said in five years they hoped to lower impact on pests and diseases entering the country.
More than 30 organisations such as Ag Force, Queensland Farmer’s Federation and Local Government Association of Queensland contributed to developing the six themes that formed the strategy.
“Those six themes are; collaboration in governance and leadership, every Queenslander plays their part, empowering to act, bright ideas and better ways and valuing and building our investments and better intelligent systems,” Minister Furner said.