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$13 million boost to fight pest animals and weeds

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Pests and weeds are a significant threat for our farmers, agriculture industry, economy and environment so we need to have the best tools available to manage them.

The Australian Government has announced a $13 million competitive grant round to promote the development of breakthrough pest animal and weed control tools.

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud, said the Advancing Pest Animal and Weed Control Solutions grants will fund new and improved tools and technologies to safeguard our farms and industries.

“Each year, the economic impact of established vertebrate pest animals is around $800 million, while weeds cost us over $4 billion in terms of production losses and control activities.

“Through this grant round, we are supporting more effective management of pest animals and weeds to reduce their devastating impact on Australia’s agriculture and the environment,” Minister Littleproud said.

The grants round will fund projects led by organisations with a proven research and development capacity, that will target priority established pest animals and weeds.

This includes advanced control solutions that will challenge traditional approaches to pest animal and weed management, as well as innovations in detection and monitoring.

“It will assist farmers, land managers and the community by generating new ideas and advancing research and delivery of breakthrough pest animal and weed management solutions.

“The grants will also support employment by providing funding to successful organisations over the next three years to carry out research and development,” Minister Littleproud said.

“This program will deliver lasting improvements to the way priority pest animals and weeds are managed, in partnership with state and territory governments, land managers and communities.”

Grant applications are now open and close at 11:00pm, 25 September 2020.

Apply for this grant opportunity through the Grant Connect website or the Community Grants Hub.