Joyce takes on pests

Citrus growers and viticulturists across the Mildura region will benefit from three biosecurity projects worth more than $250,000 to protect the industry from plant pests and to open up export opportunities.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce will be in Mildura today to announce the projects, which include work to strengthen biosecurity surveillance and create horticultural export opportunities.

“The Coalition Government is funding Plant Health Australia by $88,000 to develop a national citrus biosecurity surveillance strategy, to enable governments and industry to co-ordinate pest surveillance and detection efforts,” Mr Joyce said.

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