The fight against Panama TR4 received a significant boost today, with Queensland’s new Agriculture Minister announcing a further $3.5 million towards ongoing efforts to contain the disease.
The funding includes;
1. TR4 Program
$2.4 million to continue the Panama TR4 Program led by Biosecurity Queensland for 2016/17, bringing the total to $5 million for the year.
2. Feral Pigs in TR4 high risk zones
$920,000 over three years:
· $500,000 to Cassowary Coast Regional Council for an overarching coordinator and materials
· $300,000 to National Parks for feral pig management in the Tully Valley
· $120,000 over three years for landholder coordination in the Tully Valley
3. Research and Development
· $70,000 for ICA protocol development
· $170,000 additional R&D for DAF
Agriculture Minister Mark Furner made the funding announcement at a meeting in Tully attended by ABGC Chair Stephen Lowe, Stephen and Gavin Mackay from Mackays Bananas and representatives of the Cassowary Coast Regional Council and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.
You can read the Minister’s full media release here.
The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) has welcomed the State Government funding pledge.
ABGC Chair Stephen Lowe said the continuation of the Panama TR4 program and feral pig management were critical to the industry’s ongoing fight to contain the disease.
You can read the full ABGC response here.