December 12, 2019
Australia invests US$45 million to protect its borders from African swine fever
These include an additional 130 biosecurity officers on patrol, x-ray machines and sniffer dogs at front line detection services from January 2020 in the country's border entry points, reported the Australian Associated Press.
Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie said the 66 million AUD (~US$45 million; 1 AUD = US$0.68) package will protect the country's 5.2 billion (~US$3.5 billion) swine industry from African swine fever.
She added that if the disease manages to enter Australia, it could devastate the nation's farmers, regional economies and Australia's bottom line.
- Australian Associated Press