Hunt to kill Red Witchweed drags past the 18 month mark

CANEGROWERS Mackay is standing firmly behind its growers impacted by notifiable pest Red Witchweed (striga asiatica) as the time spent on finding a resolution drags past the 18 month mark.

Canegrowers Mackay Chairman Kevin Borg said deliberations between the Federal Government and Biosecurity Queensland, and other industries potentially at risk, had been underway since the Class 1 pest was first found on Mackay region farms.

"Since then, four cane growers and one grazier have suffered significantly through what has been a very long, drawn-out process," Mr Borg said.

"The gift to these primary producers of a resolution appears to be constantly hovering on an ever-moving horizon."

Mr Borg said a recommendation has been put forward to advise on an eradication plan for Red Witchweed, and Canegrowers has agreed to be a part of this with a caveat that it is finalised with a mid to end of February timeline.

"Our growers are close to breaking point - they have lost patience, and frankly I can't blame them."

He said he was hopeful a resolution - an effective and viable eradication and management plan - would be forthcoming by the new deadline. 



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