National Farmers' Federation

NFF welcomes funding to prepare for deadly bird flu strain

The National Farmers’ Federation welcomes the Federal Government’s $6.9 million commitment to prepare for a potential incursion of H5 High Pathogenicity Avian Influenza (HPAI).

NFF President David Jochinke said while other strains were present here, Australia was the last continent to remain free from the H5 strain.

“It is imperative that we pull every lever to ensure Australia is prepared for this deadly strain, if and when it arrives on our shores,” Mr Jochinke said.

“The Government’s sensible commitment demonstrates a proactive and multi-faceted approach to protect Australian poultry famers against an incredibly serious threat.”

The NFF particularly welcomes additional investment in surveillance, analysis of industry and supply chain logistics, and national response capabilities.

“Poultry farmers across the country will also be pleased to see Animal Health Australia supported to increase the national response capability in poultry, including investigating the potential for a vaccine.”

The NFF supports the ongoing response by industry and governments to the H7 high pathogenicity avian influenza outbreaks in Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT.

“The current bird flu outbreaks have reaffirmed that timely and accurate information is critical.”

For more information about avian influenza, visit www.agriculture.gov.au/birdflu.

For the detailed breakdown of the federal government’s investment, click here