Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided $332,411 to Guam for plant health management and the prevention of pests and spread of plant diseases. This funding includes $221,607 for coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Eradication, and $110,804 for the Customs Biosecurity Initiative.
A total of $50 million has been allocated by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), pursuant to Section 10201 of the 2008 Farm Bill, for projects nationwide. These projects will strengthen the nation’s infrastructure for pest detection and surveillance, identification, threat mitigation, and will safeguard the nursery production system. The funding represents a nearly 20 percent increase from Fiscal Year 2011 commitments.
“The funds received today will help protect our island’s plant life from invasive species and plant diseases,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “This funding will assist the Government of Guam in the management of pest detection and help mitigate threats to our environment. I look forward to these funds benefitting our island’s agricultural sector.”