The Australian Banana Growers’ Council is still negotiating detail related to new Water Quality Regulations in Queensland and is hopeful of achieving a practical outcome for growers.
The ABGC has provided a submission to a parliamentary hearing, outlining aspects of the proposed regulations that are not acceptable to the industry. The Board has requested meetings with the Agriculture and Environment Ministers to explain to them the complexity of banana farming and the importance of banana growers being able to farm profitably and sustainably. On top of this, CEO Jim Pekin has met with the Office of the Great Barrier Reef to share industry concerns. More details here. You can also read ABGC’s submission to the parliamentary hearing here.
As the new minimum industry standards won’t start until July 2020 at the earliest, growers can use the next twelve months to get ‘reg ready’. If you’ve successfully completed the quick and easy BMP Checklist and you have found that you are farming at Best or Okay level practice, it’s likely any new Reef Regulations won’t have much impact on your farming. If you aren’t sure, haven’t completed the Checklist or can’t remember your BMP log in, give Rob Mayers a call. ABGC extension staff are keen to work with you if you need to change your practice to make improvements.
Once you have completed your BMP Environmental Guidelines, you will also be eligible to access the BetterBunch record keeping app. This app has been developed specifically for the banana industry and will help you to record your farm inputs – aligning with the “minimum industry standards” and saving you time and effort.
Contact Rob Mayers on 0447000203 or Robert.Mayers@abgc.org.au to assist you with both the BMP and BetterBunch.