During the board meeting, directors discussed a range of issues, including benchmarking data, workplace health and safety, HARPS, banana levies, R&D gaps, Congress, chemical issues and current biosecurity levels on North Queensland farms.
Data collected by ABGC and through the Banana Benchmarking Project, conducted by Howard Hall, has revealed some considerable room for improvement in biosecurity adoption on many farms.
The ABGC encourages all growers who have minimal on-farm biosecurity protocols to consider improving their biosecurity measures, including staff training, footbaths, vehicle wash-down and effective zoning.
Having good biosecurity measures in place will not only help reduce the further spread of Panama TR4, but will also greatly assist a grower to return to production in the event they have a positive TR4 detection on their property.
Thank you Carnarvon
The directors would like to thank the Carnarvon industry for their hospitality during this week’s visit. It was great to meet and discuss issues with growers from this part of our fantastic industry.