The ABGC Board met at South Johnstone this week. Highlights included the LEAD Program, the BQ-led Panama TR4 program and Congress 2019.
The ABGC Board was informed that nine banana growers have signed up to take part in the ‘Leadership Exploration and Development in horticultural industries’ (LEAD) program, which ABGC is a part of.
Funded by the Federal Government, LEAD will be delivered over three years to 40 tropical fruit growers through a combination of workshops and webinars to encourage industry dialogue, innovative practices, strategic thinking, planning and problem solving.
The program will cover a range of topics including crisis management, understanding and managing biosecurity, international trade, networking and effective lobbying.
There were nine places available on this program for ABGC members. These nine places have now been filled.
The LEAD program has been made possible through the Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund, administered by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to support Australian agricultural industry.
Panama TR4 Program
The board had a lengthy presentation and informative discussion with Panama TR4 Program Leader Rhiannon Evans.
During the meeting, Directors reconfirmed ABGC’s support of the BQ-led TR4 Program and acknowledged that ABGC would continue to encourage growers – particularly those most ‘at risk’ – to continue to engage with TR4 Program officers to improve on-farm biosecurity readiness.
The BQ Panama team is offering two free Panama TR4 workshops in the Far North next week to help growers prepare for a potential TR4 detection. The sessions will highlight what immediate biosecurity measures growers would need to address in order to return to production after receiving a TR4 notice.
ABGC would urge growers in the region to attend these workshops, which will be held at Silkwood and Mareeba.
Further details are listed below, in this e-bulletin.
Planning for the next Australian Banana Industry biennial Congress is progressing well, with plans for an exciting and informative program for all banana growers and other delegates.
The 2019 event will be held at the Gold Coast from May 22-24 at Royal Pines Resort.
After listening to considerable feedback from growers, next year’s program will be shortened to two-days, culminating in the Banana Ball on the Friday night.
Off-site tours are also being planned, to allow growers to visit innovative farms and other progressive industries, the day before the official plenary program begins.
As always, there will be plenty of networking opportunities and social gatherings to ensure growers have a fantastic experience at a beautiful location.
Keep an eye out on the official Congress website – www.bananacongress.org.au – which will soon have exciting updates on the 2019 program.
And, don’t forget to get in early when registrations open later this year. There will be considerable savings for those taking advantage of our ‘early bird’ offer!
Looking forward to seeing everyone at Congress in 2019!