Farming: Biosecurity spend welcome – AUSVEG

AUSTRALIAN vegetable growers have welcomed increased investment in the nation’s biosecurity sector announced in last week’s Federal Budget, with industry representative body AUSVEG saying it is critical to ensuring Australia’s agricultural production systems are protected.

 An investment of $121.6 million was allocated to biosecurity-related services and activities, including $86.8 million over four years to:

● Develop national action plans for dealing with priority pests and diseases. 

● Increase the Commonwealth’s response ­capacity following pest and disease incursions.

● Provide greater assurance and verification of biosecurity import conditions. 

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