The Australian Government has announced a $13 million competitive grant round that will 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 would fund new and improved tools and technologies to safeguard our farms and industries.
“Established pest animals and weeds are a significant threat for our economy, environment and industries, so we need to ensure we have the best tools available to manage them,” Minister Littleproud said.
“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.
“We will be funding 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.
“Other projects could investigate genetic modification technologies, chemical and non-chemical herbicides, disruption technologies and electronic resources.
“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.
“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.
For details about the Advancing Pest Animal and Weed Control Solutions grants program visit: https://www.agriculture.gov.au/pests-diseases-weeds/pest-animals-and-weeds/grant-round
- There are approximately 500 introduced plants in Australia that are considered weeds.
- There are at least 73 introduced animals which have established feral populations including dogs, rabbits, deer, pigs, cats and carp.
- Project applications for the grants will need to target invasive established pest animals or weed species that are not endemic to Australia or a particular part of Australia.
- Total grant limits apply:
- The minimum grant amount is $300,000 (GST exclusive).
- The maximum grant amount is $2 million (GST exclusive).
Source: Australian Government