A Tully Valley grower who is waiting for confirmation of a suspected Panama TR4 detection went back into production on Saturday, after complying with a TR4 notice issued by Biosecurity Queensland (BQ).
The grower has been working closely with BQ and successfully met all of its requirements.
On January 24, BQ announced that a suspect plant showing visual symptoms of the disease was found on the property on January 15, during their regular surveillance.
It also announced that a sample from that plant returned a positive result from an initial molecular test. Definitive results from further tests are expected by the end of February.
Find updates and simple biosecurity advice for all growers on the Australian Banana Growers’ Council website.
Biosecurity Queensland has provided the following information on what generally occurs after a Panama TR4 notice is given.
If a farm is suspected to have Panama TR4, Biosecurity Queensland’s main focus is to work closely with the business owner to meet their biosecurity obligations so their farm is back in business as soon as possible, whilst minimising the risk of the disease being spread off the property.
A small team of BQ staff will visit the business owner to provide practical advice and assistance on how they can best meet the requirements of the notice. Surveillance teams will also be present to determine the possible extent of the disease, and the grower will be guided through a tracing survey relating to the movement of any plant material purchased and planted, machinery movement and farm contractors.
In close collaboration with the ABGC, Biosecurity Queensland ensures the industry is kept updated on any developments and that information delivered to growers is accurate and timely.
You can read more about the Biosecurity Queensland process via this link.