Industry combines to keep disease at bay

Industry combines to keep disease at bay

More than 180 industry, primary producers and government representatives have met both online and in person, working together to keep Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) out of South Australia.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA)-Industry Emergency Animal Disease workshop involved participants from across key industry groups and State Government to advise and plan on preparedness for emergency responses, with key leadership and organisation from Livestock SA, the South Australian Dairy Association and Pork SA.

Livestock SA also led an Emergency Animal Disease industry update with over 150 primary producers tuning in to hear up-to-date and accurate information from Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister Clare Scriven, SA Chief Veterinary Officer Mary Carr and Livestock SA CEO Travis Tobin.

Minister Scriven said Australia has a strong biosecurity system and continues to adapt to shifting global biosecurity threats, to ensure it continues to protect our agricultural industries and way of life.

“It’s excellent to see industry and government come together to work on strong biosecurity initiatives as we protect our livestock industry from FMD,” she said.

“A bipartisan approach to biosecurity matters is vital as these issues have such significant ramifications for Australian agriculture, to that end, parliament needs to be as united as possible in support of South Australian agriculture.

“The South Australian Government understands the risks and impacts posed by Emergency Animal Disease threats and is committed to working closely with the Commonwealth Government and industry groups to ensure that South Australia and Australia remain free of damaging exotic animal diseases.

“Biosecurity is everyone’s responsibility, from industry to government, travellers to the public, we can all play our part in protecting our livestock industry.”

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