25 May 2017
Seven innovative NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) projects to better manage significant weeds and animal pests have been funded through the Australian Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.
NSW DPI invasive species research leader, John Tracey, said the new projects would share a $10.5 million funding injection for 23 national projects, which will deliver new or improved control tools and technologies to farmers and land managers.
“Invasive weeds and pest animals reduce agricultural productivity, damage our environment and degrade natural resources - this funding recognises the results NSW DPI researchers have achieved in addressing these issues,” Dr Tracey said.
“Pest animals cost Australia an estimated $620 million a year in production losses and weeds cost an estimated $4 billion a year in control costs and production losses.”
NSW DPI projects will focus on reducing impacts of significant weed and animal pests by:
Funding from the Control Tools and Technologies for Established Pest Animals and Weeds Programme is a $50 million four-year investment as part of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the Australian Government's plan for stronger farmers and a stronger economy.
Australian Government funding of $20 million to develop a new Centre for Invasive Species Solutions, which will work towards developing new tools and resources for pest animal and weed control has also been announced.
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