On-farm measures the answer

The most effective way banana growers can contribute to the TR4 response is on-farm biosecurity initiatives, TR4 Response Program Leader Rebecca Sapuppo said.

“Growers need to remember that their point of control is at their property boundary,” Rebecca said.

“Their most effective role in the response is to educate themselves about Panama TR4 and how the disease spreads.

“From there they can start planning and implementing on-farm biosecurity systems. One of the best ways to learn about this is to attend an ABGC farm biosecurity workshop.”

Rebecca said growers also needed to remember that it’s not about doing everything all at once.

“Different elements can be implemented incrementally. Small changes can make a big difference.”