We all know banana farming can involve a lot of dirt, but Biosecurity Queensland warns dirt and mud left on public roads by banana growers is a concern for the community and neighbouring banana growers. It takes just one Panama TR4 spore to infect a banana plant.
Clean and disinfect your vehicles and machinery upon farm entry and exit if you must cross a public road, railway line or easement as part of your farming operations and keep public roads as clean as possible.
BQ is also reminding growers that disinfectants aren’t as effective in dirt – so make sure you clean with detergent first, rinse with clean water then apply the disinfectant.
Biosecurity is everyone’s responsibility and the banana growing community must work together to protect their farms from Panama TR4. Please consider other growers and keep your soil on your property. If you need advice or information on preventing the spread of soil off your farm, phone 13 25 23 or download Biosecurity Queensland’s decontamination guide here https://bit.ly/2h79IA6.