The state’s peak farming organisation has welcomed the announcement today by Labor leader Rebecca White and Shadow Primary Industries Minister Shane Broad that their party has committed to an allocation of $3.7 million to bolster Tasmania’s biosecurity front line. They also flagged an additional $2 million from Federal Labor.
“This commitment demonstrates a recognition of the importance of agriculture to the State, and its heavy reliance on a well-resourced biosecurity system,’’ Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association CEO Peter Skillern said.
He said that the further commitment to focus on prevention and preparedness was to be highly commended.
“As the TFGA has highlighted many times, including in our recently released State Election Policy Platform, there are several significant incursions already sitting at our borders and prevention is by far the most economical way of dealing with these issues. Markets must be assured that Tasmanian biosecurity system is second to none and of world-class standard.”