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ARMCANZ backs Ovine Johne's Disease fight

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ARMCANZ has today endorsed a six year National Ovine Johne's Disease Control and Eradication Program subject to State and Commonwealth Governments providing formal agreement to the funding arrangements.

Meeting at Broome, State Agriculture Ministers accepted a joint proposal lodged by the combined Wool and Sheepmeats Councils of Australia.

Federal Primary Industries Minister, John Anderson, said the arrangement is based on the Australian Animal Health Council (AAHC) Business Plan involving a six year combative and control program involving Federal and State Governments and industry.

"The plan provides for expenditure of $40 million over six years and includes continued monitoring and surveillance, research and development, restocking incentives and flock assurance programs," he said.

The national sheep industry has committed to fund its contribution to the national Program through a national transaction levy.

While a levy of 3.78 cents per transaction would be required to meet the estimated project costs at this stage, industry is confident that with a review of costings that a levy of 3 cents per transaction would be adequate.

The AAHC proposal was based on the recommendations of the Hussey Morris report which Mr Anderson commissioned last year to break a deadlock that had developed over how the disease should be managed from both a government and industry perspective.

The formula proposed by the national sheep industry and accepted by ARMCANZ is that funding for the program will be shared on the following basis:

• national industry 22.9 per cent • State industry 25.9 per cent • State governments 28.0 per cent • Commonwealth Government 23.2 per cent

Minister for Primary Industries and Energy

DPIE 98/95A 31 July 1998


The AAHC will be requested to review the costings to ensure that the program is as cost efficient as possible. If the program budget requires a levy of 3.78 cents per transaction, the matter will be renegotiated. .../2


ARMCANZ Ministers said it was important that industry had recognised the responsibility it had in managing the issue.

However, the Commonwealth and State Governments also recognised the enormous financial burden a full eradication and control program would have placed on industry and had therefore been willing to commit funds for a progressive implementation of the Program.

Further inquiries:

Mr Anderson's office Robert Haynes, (02) 6277 7520 or 0419 49 3511

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