Grains farm biosecurity standards recognised and rewarded
20 April 2018
Agriculture Victoria's role in maintaining grain biosecurity standards has been nationally recognised.
The Grains Farm Biosecurity Program, of which the Victorian government is a contributor to, is a national initiative to improve the management of, and preparedness for, biosecurity risks in the grains industry at the farm and industry levels.
The program received a 2018 Australian Biosecurity Award at the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources event in Canberra on 6 March 2018.
With grain production in Australia worth $12 billion a year, the Grains Farm Biosecurity Program is one of the most important industry outreach programs in Australia.
Agriculture Victoria Biosecurity Officer, Jim Moran, represented Agriculture Victoria at the awards and said the program had achieved a lot in the past ten years.
"Across Victoria you now see 'Biosecurity' signs on farm gates and fences, and talking to farmers you quickly realise that they are very interested in controlling what and who goes onto their property," Mr Moran said.
"Over the past decade the program has developed a range of educational materials for the industry, distributed thousands of biosecurity gate signs and become a familiar sight at field days and meetings in clubs, halls and on farms around the country," he said.
The program has significantly raised biosecurity awareness with the 2017 Farm Biosecurity Survey showing that grain growers and the industry have a higher than average awareness of biosecurity risk and the associated management measures to minimise risks.
The latest initiative from the program is a pilot Sentinel Silo surveillance project which encourages the monitoring of grain storages for khapra beetle.
The program continues to raise awareness and thereby adapt behaviour for the better in farmers, researchers, consultants and contractors because biosecurity is a partnership with a concerted effort required by all players to improve outcomes.
Jim Moran can be contacted at Agriculture Victoria in Bendigo on (03) 5430 4479 for any biosecurity queries, publications or farm gate biosecurity signs.
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