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$370m biosecurity boost but ag still calling for sustainable funding | The Land



THE nation’s biosecurity system will get a $371-million boost to protect crop and livestock from a growing number of threats, but agricultural leaders are still calling for long-term sustainable funding.

The funding, spread out over four years, includes $58.6m dedicated to preventing African swine fever from reaching Australian shores, and $67m for a new response and surveillance program that will include a stress test of nation’s biosecurity system through a simulated outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the pre-budget announcement at Beef Week in Rockhampton, declaring the investment would strengthen “Australia’s ring of steel on our border security” for the agriculture industry.

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