Banana Congress 2019 begins on the Coast

The people who produce the nation’s favourite golden fruit have descended – fittingly – on the Gold Coast for the Australian Banana Industry Congress 2019.

The industry’s premier, biennial event is a unique chance for growers and stakeholders to gather under one roof and discuss innovation, opportunity and on-farm techniques.

In 2017/18, 96 per cent of Australian households purchased bananas, buying an average of 875g per shopping trip. In that same period, fresh supply was valued at almost $600m.

Congress Chair and Australian Banana Growers’ Council Director, Paul Inderbitzin, said the event provides a chance for all those involved in the industry to consider how to deliver the best product for consumers into the future.

“This year’s program is aimed at giving growers the tools and motivation they need to take their banana businesses to the next level,” he said.  

“Whether it be the latest R&D, an insight into marketing techniques or overcoming challenges posed by disease – ultimately it’s all about delivering the best possible product into homes across the country.”

The speaker line-up at this year’s event includes:

  • Bernard Salt AM, widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading social commentators
  • Marc Jackson, Special Projects Manager at one of the world’s biggest banana businesses – Fyffes
  • Shane Webcke, farm safety ambassador and footy legend

Among an array of international delegates are a delegation from Ecuador, including the Ecuadorian  Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, Mr. Xavier Lazo, Dr. Patricio Almeida, Executive Director of Ecuadorian Agricultural Health Service and the Ecuadorian Ambassador to Australia, Mr. Juan Salazar.

A large number of growers will also present at this year’s Congress, recognising the world-class work that is happening on farms around Australia.

The event will conclude on Friday evening with the industry’s much-loved Banana Ball, featuring the Awards of Honour. The night will be headlined by comedian Dave Hughes.

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