National Banana Development and Extension Program
The Program ensures commercial banana growers are informed about banana industry research and how it improves farming practices. The Program, BA 13004, is funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd using the banana industry levy and funds from the Australian Government.
National Banana Roadshow
The next roadshow is set for June and July 2016.
Roadshow events will be held in Tully, Innisfail, the Tablelands, Murwillumbah, Coffs Harbour and Carnarvon on the following dates:
– Thursday, June 9, Mareeba, Department of Natural Resources and Mines, John Charles room, 9am- 2:30pm.
– Friday, June 10, Innisfail Brother’s Leagues Club, 9am – 2:3opm.
– Thursday, June 16, Tully Senior Citizen’s Hall, 9am – 2:30pm.
– Thursday, June 23, Carnarvon Yacht Club, 9am – 1:30pm.
– Thursday, July 5, Coff’s Harbour Showgrounds, 9am – 2pm.
– Thursday, July 7, Murwillumbah Golf Club, 9am – 2pm.
National roadshows are planned to be held every two years.
The Program held its first roadshow series in July and August, 2014.
For the first time, the banana industry assembled many of the leaders of major industry projects to visit with growers.
During a six-stop national roadshow of banana growing regions, they discussed the latest results from industry-funded banana research. Never before has the banana industry assembled so many project leaders for the one tour of our main growing regions.
The following are information sheets for growers on topical issues:
- Managing Fruit Speckle
- How to conduct your own on-farm research
- Banana scab moth
- Managing Soil Erosion
- Pre-cyclone management
- Top ways to manage banana fungicide resistance
- Banana Spider Mite management
Previous Roadshow presentations
The 2014 roadshows featured live presentations from researchers as well as three videos especially produced for the program. Below are links to slides from the presentations and the three videos.
The following are links to videos produced for the roadshow series:
Developing a standard industry banana carton – Tristan Kitchener
International insights with banana Nuffield Scholar Paul Inderbitzin
Importing banana material and accessing new varieties – Sharon Hamill
The following are presentation slides from the roadshow sessions listed under the presenter’s names, in alphabetical order. Please click on the links to view the presentations:
Jay Anderson, R&D Manager, ABGC: To register or permit? That is the ‘chemical’ question
Robert Crossley, AgTrix: Why would I want to map my plantation?
Jeff Daniells, QDAFF: Banana varieties for market growth
Kathy Grice, QDAFF: Fungicide resistance: Top 5 ways to avoid
Sharon Hamill, QDAFF: Accessing new banana varieties: why, how and who
Mark Hickey, NSW DPI: New banana officer for NSW
Naomi King, QDAFF: Top 3 questions about the Banana BMP answered
Stewart Lindsay, QDAFF: Preparing for Plan B: Agronomic assessments of TR4 varieties
Christina Mortimore, Qld Dept of Natural Resources & Mines: Nutrients and sediment: Do you know what’s happening in your banana paddock?
Tony Pattison, QDAFF: Panama management systems: pulling it all together
Tony Pattison, QDAFF: Banana soil health: overview, options and opinions
David Peasley, Manager, National Bunchy Top Project: 100 years and counting down – Bunchy Top
Suren Samuelian, QDAFF: Yellow Sigatoka management: Chlorothalonil vs oil-based programs
Rebecca Sapuppo, QDAFF: Risky business: threats; pathways and opportunitites
Valerie Shrubb, DAFWA:Growing subtropical bananas for quality and yield
Joe Stacey, Joe’s Cartons: Packaging solutions for your supply chain needs