The latest report by Australia’s Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Science (ABARES) has confirmed Australia has one of the most secure food supplies in the world and is not at risk because of COVID-19.
The State, Territory and Federal Agriculture Ministers discussed the issue of agricultural visa workers at a ministerial meeting today and reported how they will meet the principles set by the National Cabinet last week.
The impact of COVID-19 may lead to an increase in online shopping and goods being purchased from overseas, but it is important to remember that some goods may not be permitted as they pose a biosecurity risk.
The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government is making temporary changes to visa arrangements to help farmers access the workforce they need to secure Australia’s food and produce supply during COVID-19.
A new $110 million initiative will back Australia’s agricultural and fisheries sector by helping them export their high-quality produce into key overseas markets, with return flights bringing back vital medical supplies, medicines and equipment.
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud met with the Inspector-General of Biosecurity last week to discuss the IGB’s latest report, the Adequacy of preventative border measures to mitigate the risk of ASF.
The Minister for Agriculture and Emergency Management has welcomed the nearly $200 million boost for regional and remote aviation as part of the Federal Government’s support to Australia’s aviation sector during the COVID-19 crisis.