What We Do
The ABGC acts in the interests of Australian banana growers on issues including: representations to policy and decision makers; representations to horticulture’s Research and Development Corporation, Horticulture Innovation Australia; biosecurity; pest and disease management; research and development; supply-chain issues and banana marketing.
We have represented banana growers for more than 50 years. ABGC was formed in 1961. In 1992 a full-time National Secretariat was created and based in Brisbane. ABGC now has offices and staff in Brisbane and field staff in North Queensland.
Banana industry levy
A national levy system was introduced for the banana industry in 2008. Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd (formerly Horticulture Australia Ltd) manages the national banana research and development (R&D) and marketing levies collected under this levy system. The ABGC makes representations to HIA on industry issues relating to the funding of R&D projects and banana marketing.
The latest Banana Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) was developed in 2014 to guide the R&D and marketing levy expenditure managed by the then HAL (now HIA). The SIP reflects the banana industry’s objectives, strategies and key performance indicators (KPIs).
- Advancing the interests of Australian banana growers through effective leadership and representation to ensure a strong industry future
- Assisting with the implementation of the Banana Industry Strategic Plan 2014-15 to 2018-19
- Making recommendations to Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd (HIA)
- Formulating and advocating industry policy
- Communicating information to our members and stakeholders.
- Maintain and encourage grower membership of the ABGC
- Ensure good industry outcomes for marketing and R&D initiatives
- Build and maintain effective relationships with all stakeholders to ensure the integrity of the Australian Banana Industry
- Maintain an effective and professional organisation.
- No banana imports – we are protecting Australia’s banana industry from pests and diseases
- Effective communications with key stakeholders including policy makers and key-decision makers
- Effective biosecurity measures and pest & disease management
- Research, development and extension
- Banana marketing – achieving a strong market for Australian bananas and recognition of their value as a healthy, nutritious food
- Supply-chain issues – working with our industry partners
- A fair and sustainable market for banana growers’ produce and a future for our industry.