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Minister inspects locust response in Central West NSW

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Senator the Hon. Joe Ludwig Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestr y Senator for Queensland

Minister inspects locust response in Central West NSW

1 October 2010 DAFF10/011L

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, today visited Brewarrina in Central West NSW to witness the locust response firsthand.

“Bands of locusts covering an area of 250 square kilometres in the Central West region were identified by the Australian Plague Locust Commission and Industry and Investment NSW late last week,” Minister Ludwig said.

“I would urge landholders to inspect their properties. There have been over 1,000 locust bands confirmed in the area.”

“Landholders need to remember to check their properties more than once because good rainfall in the eastern states could mean that hatchings are spread over several months.”

“The eastern states are experiencing their best cropping season since 2005-06, with production exceeding 40 million tonnes.”

“However the conditions that have produced this high yield are also the same conditions in which Australian plague locusts thrive.”

“We’re working closely with state agencies to help manage the plague locust threat, and property owners should report locust outbreaks to their local authority.”

The APLC has been working with Industry and Investment NSW, providing training, on-site advice, aerial surveillance and control activities. It was during joint training initiatives that the first significant locust bands were detected by aerial surveillance in the Bourke— Brewarrina—Walgett— Carinda area.

The APLC is also providing Industry and Investment NSW with additional stocks of the chemical fipronil to ensure the locust response in the region is both effective and efficient.

Landholders should begin surveillance in the favoured areas for locust egg laying — headlands, tracks and road verges, or any areas where locust activity or swarms were seen in Autumn. They should also remain vigilant to any locust activity in other parts of their property.

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