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HON WARREN TRUSS MP MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FORESTRY

AFFA01/113WT 15 May 2001

Feral pigs threat to be averted

The Federal Government is offering the Queensland Government $120,000 funding for a pilot feral pig management and culling program as a disease management measure in the fight against foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), Agriculture Minister Warren Truss announced today.

"Feral pigs are highly susceptible to FMD and pose a major threat to the effective containment of foot-and-mouth disease should it ever enter the country," Mr Truss said.

Mr Truss said that while the first priority of the Federal Government is to prevent the entry of FMD into Australia, the Queensland Government has been approached with the offer so the feral pig problem can be tackled now, rather than in the wake of an outbreak.

"We have strengthened our quarantine and inspection measures at all entry points, but it is essential to have effective field-tested contingency plans in place as a second line of defence.

"Feral pigs are highly mobile, which potentially increases the rate of disease transmission and poses difficulties in monitoring the movement of the disease. The funding would target feral pigs in the cattle country around Mareeba in far-north Queensland.

"The announcement of this funding brings the Federal Government's contribution to feral pig management and exotic disease preparedness programs to nearly $1 million in the last seven years.

The key goals of the pilot feral pig management and culling program are to:

field test AUSVETPLAN — which provides guidance for managing an FMD outbreak in Australia for feral pig control; ●

improve Australia's preparedness for responding to an exotic disease outbreak; ● increase awareness of recent developments in feral pig management techniques; ● train staff in feral pig survey and control techniques; ● test feral pig population control techniques; ●

integrate activities of government agencies; and ● increase community awareness of exotic disease risks. ●

Commonwealth funding for the pilot project will come from the National Feral Animal Control Program, which is part of the Federal Government's Natural Heritage Trust, and the Wildlife and Exotic Disease Preparedness Program. Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - Australia administers both programs.

Minister's office: Yvonne Best (02) 6277 7520 or 0418 415 772

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Last updated 15 May 2001

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