Citrus Australia recently applauded the federal government’s additional investment in national biosecurity and stated that it will seek an opportunity for additional dialogue on enhancing plant biosecurity.
The government announced $400 million in funding to enhance biosecurity over a four-year period. According to Citrus Australia, citrus exports alone are worth $500 million to the national economy annually. A pest incursion has the ability to stop exports overnight.
Citrus Australia CEO Nathan Hancock said a collaborative effort between government and industry is integral to effective biosecurity. “This joint effort has seen the eradication of citrus canker in Australia this year, due to the dedication of state government departments and industry,” Hancock said. “We welcome further discussion on where investment is needed to protect and grow both citrus and the wider horticulture industry, which benefit regional and rural communities and…..
Learn more about how Citrus Australia Focuses on Biosecurity on the Citrus Industry website.