July 17, 2014
A plea for continued government and industry commitment and support for our biosecurity system was made by the Crawford Fund Board Member, Dr Tony Gregson, who is chairman of Plant Health Australia.
“It is absolutely essential if we are to maintain a food secure world,” said Dr Gregson to the Rural Press Club Victoria breakfast forum “Biosecurity: International Threats and Strategies” on 18 July in Melbourne.
The forum involved Dr Gregson, a farmer in the Wimmera with extensive science and corporate research management background; Dr Nick Austin, the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, which funds significant biosecurity research and projects in our region and Dr Peter Daniels, Deputy Director at CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL).
Important, ongoing work at home and in our region was highlighted at the well-attended breakfast that was organized as of our ongoing effort to raise awareness of the benefits to Australia from aid-funded international agricultural research after the launch of our “Doing Well by Doing Good” Report.
Dr Gregson highlighted examples of the Fund’s training activities in Victoria, to show the diversity of our focus and the range of our partners in Victoria, including:
With AAHL in Geelong we’ve trained scientists in animal diseases such as rabies.