KOMPAS.com- The New South Wales government has announced $164 million in funding to address growing biosecurity concerns that threaten the agricultural industry.
Outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and lumpy skin disease (LSD) in Indonesia have the industry on high alert, according to the state’s Agricultural Minister Dugald Saunders.
Thirty properties and piggeries across the state have also recorded outbreaks of Japanese encephalitis (JEV).
The funding will go towards developing vaccines, improving surveillance and testing resources, and more effectively managing pests.
Saunders said it would improve the government’s capacity to respond to threats.
"Beefing up surveillance is one of the really important ways we can know if something comes in. We know where it gets to very, very quickly and we can lock it down," he said.
"The outbreaks in Indonesia mean we can no longer rely on our geographic buffer to keep our primary industries safe."
Currently, the only vaccines available for FMD and LSD involve live vaccines being brought into the country.
In doing so, Australia would be banned from exporting livestock to Japan, Korea, and China.