The Panama TR4 Program is pleased to report to growers that employment agencies across Far North Queensland are well informed about Panama TR4 and are helping to spread important biosecurity messages to people seeking work and travelling between banana farms.
The Panama TR4 Program has been visiting local agencies over the past six months, raising awareness of the disease, how it spreads, and the importance of the ‘come clean, leave clean’ message.
Shed posters, fact sheets, disease identification guides and pamphlets were given to agencies from the Tablelands to Mission Beach, especially around the Innisfail /Tully area.
Employment agencies were well informed about the disease, and many have procedures in place to assist farm workers reduce the risk of disease spread.
Backpacker hostels and other accommodation providers were also targeted, promoting the message “never enter banana farms without permission”.
A range of education material has been supplied, and you may see new posters around the region that aim to educate tourists about the serious nature of Panama TR4.