$13 million to fight weeds and pests
FARMERS and land managers across the Darling Downs could soon benefit from improved tools and technologies to better control established pest animals and weeds with the Australian Government announcing $13 million towards the Advancing Pest Animal and Weed Control Solutions grant program.
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said the program would help strengthen the management of pests and weeds which cause significant damage to the environment and natural resources.
“Established pest animals and weeds are a significant threat for our economy, environment and industries, so we need to ensure we have the best tools available to manage them,” Mr Littleproud said.
“Each year, the economic impact of established vertebrate pest animals is around $800 million, while weeds cost us over $4 billion in terms of production losses and control activities.
“Through this grant round, we are supporting more effective management of pest animals and weeds to reduce their devastating impact on Australia’s agriculture and the environment.”
Mr Littleproud said the program would fund projects led by organisations with a proven research and development capacity, that will target priority established pest animals and weeds.
“It will assist farmers, land managers and the community by generating new ideas, advancing research and the discovery of innovative pest animal and weed management solutions,” he said.
“The grants will also support employment by providing funding to successful grantees over the next three years to carry out research and development.”
Groom MP John McVeigh said farmers and land managers across the region did a great job managing the impact of pest animals and weeds on their land, however there was more that could be done to improve the tools available to them to manage those impacts.
“This program will help ensure our region is on the front foot in the fight against established pest animals and weeds and will minimise the risks they pose to our agricultural productivity and environment,” Dr McVeigh said.
“This includes new advanced control solutions that will challenge traditional approaches to pest animal and weed management, as well as innovations in detection and monitoring.
“Other projects could investigate genetic modification technologies, chemical and non-chemical herbicides, disruption technologies and electronic resources.
“This program will deliver lasting improvements to the way priority pest animals and weeds are managed, in partnership with state and territory governments, land managers and communities.”
Grant applications are now open and close at 11pm, September 25.