Biosecurity strategy to fight citrus pests

A NEW biosecurity surveillance strategy aimed at defending Australia’s citrus industry against pests and protecting growers’ access to critical overseas markets has been launched in Mildura.

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud in Mildura yesterday. Picture: Louise Donges

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud in Mildura yesterday. Picture: Louise Donges

Federal Agriculture and Water Resources Minister David Littleproud yesterday unveiled the $352,000, 10-year strategy, which he said would minimise the cost of responding to pests, including Queensland fruit fly.

About 85 per cent of the state’s citrus production is based in Sunraysia, with a farm gate value of more than $88 million, and Mr Littleproud said biosecurity was essential to the broader regional economy.

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