Weed and pest management needs your help

AGRICULTURE Victoria is seeking support from private landholders, including farmers, to help combat pests and weeds which cost Victoria more than $1 billion a year in management and control programs.
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Agriculture Victoria is seeking input to a survey on farm pests and weeds.

Staff writer

Landholders are being invited to take part in a state wide survey to help better understand the social and behavioural factors that influence pest and weed management.
The Agriculture Victoria work is underpinned by the $4.3 million Weeds and Rabbits Project which s funded by the Federal Government.

"We've been working closely with our key stakeholders and community members to better understand the barriers people face with implementing weed and rabbit management practices," Agriculture Victoria acting program manager Heidi Kleinert said.

Kleinert said community participation was crucial to understanding this space.

"Rabbits and weeds are a problem for all landholders, including farmers and public land managers, and we need to tackle this together," she said.

"We are asking land managers to share with us how they manage weeds and rabbits on their property. The survey results will tell us what is working well at the moment, but also where improvements can be made."

North-east Victorian landholder and community representative Neil Devanny said a major issue for farmers in meeting their obligations to control pest animals and plants came down to setting and managing priorities.

"We all need to harvest our crops, shear our sheep, market our livestock and so this work must happen. It is easy to drive past a rabbit burrow or weed and say I will do that tomorrow," he said.

"An effective pest program needs to remind and prompt landholders to take action, especially on a collective basis.

"Land manager input will assist in developing collective ownership of the programs to benefit the community as a whole and support the good work that is already being done."

The survey opened this week and closes 24 June.

Complete the survey at: https://weedsandrabbits.com/survey/

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