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Farmers to have say on biosecurity plan

Primary producers will have the opportunity to provide feedback on a NSW Government plan to safeguard the State’s $21 billion food and fibre industry, as part of an upgraded biosecurity strategy.

Minister for Agriculture Dugald Saunders said the purpose of the strategy is to set a clear vision for biosecurity and food safety in NSW; map strategy objectives for Government, industry, and the community; and outline key activities that will guide decision-making for farmers.

“The NSW Biosecurity and Food Safety Strategy 2022-2030 will be our blueprint for protecting the livelihoods, economy and environment against biosecurity and food safety risks,” Mr Saunders said.

“Biosecurity and food safety are shared responsibilities and everybody’s business.”

He said recent outbreaks of Foot and Mouth Disease and Lumpy Skin Disease in Indonesia and varroa mite in NSW had illustrated the critical need to be prepared, now and into the future.

“We have been working hard to build NSW’s capability and capacity to manage risk, invest in tools and technologies, and improve how we work together so we can better prevent and respond to threats and minimise any negative impacts,” said Mr Saunders.

“Your feedback and insights will help create a strategy we can deliver together to help fortify our economy, industry, environment and community for years to come.” 

The draft NSW Biosecurity and Food Safety Strategy 2022-2030 is open for input online,launch until Thursday, 1 September 2022.

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