Local primary producers stand to benefit from more funding for early detection of exotic plant pests.
In total $15 million has been allocated to the Grains Research and Development Corporation program, with $4.6 million funded by the Federal Government's Rural R&D for Profit program.
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud said the project will be a lifesaver.
“Exotic plant pests are capable of damaging our natural environment, destroying our food production and agriculture industries, and some could change our way of life," Minister Littleproud said.
"The project will deliver practical and accessible results for farmers.”
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