A new federal government boost for drought-affected areas of Queensland will see a federal injection of $9 million in available funding to help manage pest animals and weeds.
$7 million will be allocated to wild dogs management and $2 million for weed control.
Minister for agriculture David Littleproud says the new money is about long-term resilience for drought affected farmers.
“This funding will also help local producers and graziers fight insidious weeds like Prickly Acacia and Parthenium found in central and southern Queensland. Parthenium, regarded as one of the worst weeds in Australia, grows best in drought areas, as it competes with crops for nutrients and is toxic to cattle.”
And he says it’s further proof the government is serious about wild dog fencing. He says The Federal Government has now injected $20 million into fencing projects while the State Government injection sits at $15 million.
“Before the cluster fences, farmers said they were losing sheep and experiencing lambing rates of 30 % or less. After the fences were put up lambing rates bounced back to over 80%.”
Local councils in drought affected areas will be able to apply for a share in the funding and the timing of submission will be announced shortly.
Every year established pest animals and weeds cost our farmers more than $4 billion in livestock losses and weed management costs.
Wild dogs alone are conservatively estimated to cost the agricultural sector up to $89 million per year.