Agricultural Losses To Pests Increasing

Residents and home owners aren’t the only ones that rely on pest control services, whether it be pest control in Sydney, Melbourne or Darwin.  The agriculture industry also has to work hard in order to ensure that their pests are taken care of.

If the recent increases in the pricing of agriculture products across the country, that isn’t going so smoothly. Data from sources such as the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions and the NSW Natural Resource Commission, state that annual damages from pests such as wild dogs and rabbits have clocked in at $797 M.

For a specific sub-sector, the beef industry is currently losing approximately $221M/year across Australia. Other notable victims are the sheepmeat and the wool industry, which are clocking in annual losses of $60.67M and $98M a year, respectively.

CISS CEO Andreas Glanznig stated that agricultural products were selling for top dollar, meaning that any damage to the industry increases exponentially as well, further emphasizing the need for proper pest control in Sydney and across Australia. He says that the impact of wild dogs alone on the national economy had nearly doubled to $89M/year over the span of 8 years, compared to 2009’s $48M/year.

The NSW Natural Resource Commission worked on a report which they released, which analyzed the economic impact of pests to the agricultural industry, whilst comparing the numbers to losses from livestock attacks, competition, as well as the associated costs of management.

According to the NSWNRC’s data, the losses are as follows:

  • Rabbits: $216.63 M
  • Dogs: $89.33 M
  • Birds: $68.57 M
  • Foxes: $28.40 M
  • Pigs: $14.40 M
  • Goats: $6.79 M

Director Paul Martin, Director of the University of New England’s  Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law, stated that invasive pest management needed major reforms. He says that country’s invasive pest control is heavily reliant on people on the local level properly handling pest control in Sydney or in other places, who all have to overcome some serious financial and institutional hurdles.

He points out that the resources and methods for pest control are inadequate, which is leading to increased damages from pests across the country’s human, natural and agricultural systems.