The ABGC Board met in Brisbane last week and discussed a range of significant issues facing industry. Among them were;
The board met with three senior representatives from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) to discuss serious grower concerns over proposed new Reef Regulations.
The board raised a number of issues including; nutrient and sediment provisions; restrictions on new developments; the inclusion of yield in the Nutrient Management Plan; leaf testing; and keeping invoices for fertiliser purchases for six years.
Industry feedback received last week on new cropping standards was provided in writing and discussed face-to-face with DES.
ABGC will keep all growers up to date with results of this latest meeting with the Department on the Reef Regs
Levies and debt paying
The ABGC board resolved to ask Plant Health Australia to pay off the remaining debt for the purchase of the first TR4 infested farm, including interest. This will be implemented by 30 June and will be funded from the banana PHA levy.
Collaborative agreement with BQ
A Collaborative Agreement between ABGC and Biosecurity Queensland to both manage and fund the Panama TR4 Program into the future is progressing.
The agreement will be in place for four years and sets out a shared responsibility for funding, governance and delivery of the TR4 management program until June 30, 2023.
ABGC and BQ will be signatories to the Agreement and the governing Board responsible for the new Program will have 3 representatives from both organisations.
The aim of the program will continue to be to control and contain the spread of TR4.
The 2019 Australian Banana Industry Congress was successfully held at Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast from May 22-24.
This year’s event promised to be bigger and better and it did not disappoint. Feedback post-event has been extremely positive, with growers, sponsors and other delegates indicating that they enjoyed the two-day grower-focussed program, as well as the additional off-site tours and fantastic line-up of presenters and entertainment.
Total registrations surpassed last Congress and grower numbers were up by more than 20 per cent.
Feral pig eradication program
The Board heard that ABGC’s feral pig management effort in the high risk TR4 zone in the Tully Valley had eradicated 4096 pigs to end May, since it began in July 2017.
ABGC director Leon Collins who has helped co-ordinate the program with professional shooter Trevor Williamson said he was extremely happy with the program’s continued success.
The majority of the 4000 figure has been through ABGC’s aerial shooting program, however pigs have also been controlled through concerted grower actions on-farm, including ground shooting, baiting and trapping.
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