June 10, 2022, 03.43 PM

The minister said they are investigating the potential to create a mRNA vaccine for FMD and LSD which would allow livestock to be vaccinated against the disease while keeping trade open.

"We are hoping by the end of the year there will be some significant development around mRNA technology," he said.

"Everything is now on fast-track."

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the programs would help protect the agricultural industry.

"If you have a look at the last couple of years farmers have had a drought, fires, floods, Covid, a mouse plague," he said.

"We want to make sure biosecurity does not become the next big issue."

'Haven't got much support'

Japanese encephalitis has continued to spread across the state with 130 cases reported in pigs at 30 different locations.

Forbes pig farmer Richard Pool is currently experiencing an outbreak of the virus and has seen a "30-50 percent reduction" in profits.

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