Grant program for works to meet biosecurity challenges

Grant program for works to meet biosecurity challenges

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A newly launched grants program is designed to meet emerging biosecurity challenges.

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BOOSTING BIOSECURITY: A call has gone out for a wide range of interested parties to apply for a new round of biosecurity grants.

BOOSTING BIOSECURITY: A call has gone out for a wide range of interested parties to apply for a new round of biosecurity grants.

The call is out for private sector, universities and research institutions, co-operatives and local government seeking grants to bolster Victoria's biosecurity levels.

The grants are being offered by Victorian Government designed to strengthen animal health and biosecurity for projects that prevent, monitor and control diseases in Victorian livestock.

Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes said the Livestock Biosecurity Funds Grant Program, would benefit Victoria's cattle, sheep, goat, pig and honeybee industries.

Grants were available for projects that provided innovative solutions, use emerging technologies and resolve livestock biosecurity issues, needs or gaps for these local industries.

This year's grant program included new guidelines that identified priority investment areas, as well as a new online application process.

Grants had previously funded projects such as anthrax vaccinations for swine, significant disease investigation training for veterinarians and educational events for peri-urban producers.

Changes to legislation last year through the Primary Industries Legislation Amendment Act 2019 meant that more money was available for programs, particularly for cattle, sheep and goat industries.

The 2020 Livestock Biosecurity Funds Grant Program has been developed in partnership with the livestock compensation advisory committees for cattle, sheep and goat, swine and honeybees.

Applications were open and run until June 26.

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