Cyclone Responses

TC Ita, January 2014

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) helped growers with disaster assistance following Tropical Cyclone Ita, a Category 4 cyclone which crossed the far north Queensland coast at Cape Flattery at 10pm on April 11, 2014.

The cyclone passed through themost northerly growing regions of Hope Vale and Lakeland  soon after crossing the coast. It was downgraded to a Category 1 system on April 12 and then passed through banana growing regions near Cairns, west of Cairns on the Atherton Tablelands and south of Cairns at Innisfail, Tully and Kennedy. The cyclone continued south east, moving out to sea and was downgraded to a Tropical Low on April 14.

Ministerial Statement:

April 21, 2014: Queensland Agriculture Minister John McVeigh has announced special temporary arrangements on ICA-16 requirements allowing fruit from fallen trees to be harvested until April 27. To see the statement, please click this link: Qld Govt statement – market access


Banana Growers’ e-Bulletin:

April 16, 2014: Banana Growers’ e-Bulletin 2nd post TC Ita update

April 14, 2014 – Banana Growers’ e-Bulletin – post TC Ita update

ABGC media statements:

April 13, 2014 – Initial reports indicate minimal industry-wide losses 1700 hrs

April 13, 2014 – Initial damage report 0900 hrs

April 12, 2014 –   ABGC assesses first Tropical Cyclone Ita damage reports


Pre-and-post cyclone management strategies

The following guides provide assistance with preparing farms for Tropical Cyclones and post-cyclone production management:

Things To Consider In Preparing For Tropical Cyclones

Scheduling Banana Production After Tropical Cyclones.


Disaster Assistance

For information on Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) please see:


Weather links

Bureau of Metereology

Joint Typhoon Warning Centre

Tropical Cyclones – Australian Severe Weather

US Navy Tropical Cyclone Page


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