Tasmania Shadow Minister for Primary Industries Jeremy Rockliff
Minister Must Guarantee No Further Biosecurity Cuts
Victor P Taffa
The Labor-Green Government must immediately rule out any further cuts to the state’s Quarantine and Biosecurity services in light of a potential outbreak of the destructive tomato-potato psyllid virus, according to Shadow Minister for Primary Industries Jeremy Rockliff.
“Tasmanian Potato farmers are doing it tough. First they were hit with massive crop destruction following extensive flooding, and now they are faced with a Government that that is putting the few crops that have been salvaged at risk by continuing to cut funding to biosecurity and quarantine.”
“It is clear that the Government is stumbling from one disaster to the next, and key issues are being ignored until a crisis develops. This lucrative industry simply cannot afford to take another hit.” Mr. Rockliff said.
“The Labor-Green Government’s complete and utter lack of commitment to sufficiently resourcing the state’s biosecurity and quarantine resources has left the state’s agricultural markets exposed.”
“It is imperative Primary Industries Minister Bryan Green immediately rule out any cuts to quarantine and biosecurity resources, and ensure that the potato industry remains as one of the state’s most vital agricultural sectors.” Mr. Rockliff said.