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.
Early Australia Day picnickers suited up in protective clothing to give the country a taste of what’s to come if fire ants are not eradicated.
On Wednesday, 26 July, Australia’s agriculture ministers signed off on a new, $411 million eradication program. Fire ant fight 2.0 is a fight we must win.
Tick, tick, tick. That’s the sound of invasive browsing ants, an environmental time bomb if they have escaped eradication efforts in Darwin.
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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.
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.