Pig producers in Victoria are to see numerous benefits from the $390,000 upgrades to the specialist pig industry facility aimed at improving the biosecurity of the pork industry and the livestock sectors in the state.
According to the media release by Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh, the development of the Pig Specialist Centre in Bendigo is yet another proof that the Victorian Coalition Government is committed to the biosecurity of the pork industry and of the state’s livestock sectors.
The Coalition Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Swine Industry Projects Advisory Committee and will invest $120,000 to upgrade facilities at Bendigo during 2014.
Another $270,000 have been set aside by the Coalition Government in 2014-15 for the new staff needed for the advancement of the project.
“I thank the Swine Industry Projects Advisory Committee which will provide $250,000 a year for three years to the Centre, and I recognise the contribution of the Victorian Farmers Federation Pig Group which has advocated strongly on behalf of its members,” the Minister said.
“The Pig Specialist Centre will significantly increase the level of support for the industry by providing diagnostic services and undertaking disease surveillance, and developing and producing new vaccines which may not be available from private companies.”
The Centre will also invest in and develop new training activities focusing on biosecurity risk as well as research and development.
“The pork industry has an excellent animal health status and the Coalition Government is committed to working with industry on strategic initiatives to ensure our livestock industries continue to be well protected from disease threats,” said Minister Walsh.
“Labor failed to understand agriculture but in the last three and half years the Victorian Coalition Government has worked closely with industry and co-invested on strategic projects that will make Victoria’s farmers more productive and more profitable.”