A spate of fire ant discoveries in Queensland has set alarm bells ringing, but instead we should treat them as a sign the new eradication program is beginning to hit its straps.
Australia has been put on a war footing against fire ants after every state, territory and the federal government signed off on a 10-year, $411.4 million battle plan.
Eradicating red imported fire ants will be not only a major technical and scientific challenge but a governance one as well. The effectiveness of governance could make the difference between success and failure.
Farmers, local government and environment groups are calling on every state, territory and the federal government to fully fund eradication of deadly red fire ants in this year’s budgets.
After spending a week travelling across Australia with Texan Dr Robert Puckett we can only conclude that he was the perfect person to explain the hellish nature of living with fire ants.
All governments must come to a unanimous decision to boosted funding for red fire ant eradication. So how close are we to getting the unanimous support needed?
The final report of the independent review panel commissioned by the Agriculture Ministers’ Forum that reviewed the National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program and outlined options for achieving eradication of red fire ants from south east Queensland.