A new management board to oversee the Panama TR4 Program in Queensland until 2023 has met for the first time.
The Panama TR4 Program Management Board (the Board) will oversee the continued delivery and governance of the program, which is being jointly funded by ABGC and the Queensland Government until 2023.
Read a snapshot of the outcomes from the first meeting here
Queensland Agriculture Minister Mark Furner issued a joint media statement today about the new board. Read it here
ABGC Director and Board member Andrew Serra said the ABGC had secured the support of banana growers to proceed with the jointly funded and delivered model to ensure the best possible protection to the national banana industry.
“Panama TR4 remains one of the greatest, if not the greatest, challenge facing our industry,” Mr Serra said.
“The collaborative efforts of growers, government and researchers have been able to limit the spread of this disease since 2015, but the work needs to continue to protect the livelihood of our growers and the wider industry.
“I encourage all growers to take the opportunity to provide input to the Board through their ABGC representatives, when necessary.”
The table below outlines the financial contribution from the banana industry, via the Plant Health Australia levy and the Queensland Government to fund the program from 2019/2020 to 2023.