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All imported raw prawns to be pulled for white spot testing; fears that prices will rise

There are fears the price of prawns is about to go “through the roof” following a decision by the Federal Government to recall all imported raw prawns. The importation of green, or uncooked, prawns into Australia was suspended in January, but prawn farmers have expressed ...

White spot in prawns the latest in biosecurity failures highlighting impact of cuts to staff, research

After a huge increase in exotic pests and diseases, Australian agriculture and environmentalists are demanding more focus on biosecurity.​ The past five years of failures ranges from the attacking red fire ants, banana diseases, myrtle rust and a melon disease to an exotic disease in ...

Australian charity to send Northern Territory cattle to Cambodian families

An Australian charity has bought 150 Brahman breeders from a Northern Territory Government research farm to send to Cambodia. Cows for Cambodia loans Cambodian families pregnant cows to look after until they have a calf, which the family keeps as payment. The Northern Territory cattle, ...

Cambodia's water people pushed out of Phnom Penh sewer for billion-dollar ING City

For decades, the vast lakes and wetlands fringing Cambodia’s capital have been home to thousands of people making a living from the water — fishing and harvesting vegetables for market. Now they face eviction, as politically well-connected land speculators push them out. “If they fill ...

Popular Thai beach forced to close to tourists before 'damage is beyond repair'

Authorities in Thailand are set to close the island of Koh Tachai because of the impact heavy tourism has had on natural resources and the environment. “We have to close [the island] to allow the rehabilitation of the environment, both on the island and in the ...

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