ABARES’ latest report confirms that farmers are spending significant amounts of time and money on battling pests and weeds.
The Pest Animal and Weed Management survey results revealed the vital role land managers play in managing feral pests and weeds.
ABARES acting Executive Director, Dr Jared Greenville, said the survey results demonstrated that land management in Australia was an ongoing job.
More than 6000 were surveyed in 2016 and 8000 were surveyed in 2019 with the biggest change was a 41% increase in farmers reporting crop loss, degradation or loss of value from pests and insects.
“The impact of pest animals has increased between surveys, even considering the vastly different weather patterns between 2016 and 2019.
“However, the proportion of land managers reporting expenditure on managing pests and weeds went down between 2016 and 2019, and the average amount farmers spent on pest and weed management nearly halved from $20,405 in 2016 to $11,576 in 2019.
“This is mostly accounted for by the change in average weed expenditure which dropped from $18,633 in 2016 to $10,551 in 2019. Widespread drought in 2019 is likely to be a factor in the reduced spend on weed management.