Growers’ e-bulletin – 30 September, 2022


Growers’ e-bulletin – 30 September, 2022



Supply Chain Engagement Manager
‘Unbreakable Success Matrix’ workshop
Making sense of climate & outlooks
TR4 situation report
Panama TR4 Board report
Short TR4 animation series
Banana tech featured in media
Farm business resilience webinar 
AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award 
Fair Farms Conference


Meet the banana industry’s Supply Chain Engagement Manager

ABGC has contracted the services of Andrew Burns as Banana Supply Chain Engagement Manager, funded by the Hort Innovation Marketing Fund.

The Supply Chain Engagement project (BA22504) aims to develop and organize activities involving key supply chain stakeholders to build interest, excitement, and an understanding of the Australian Banana industry, ultimately increasing demand.

This will be done through:

1.     Category and Supply Chain Engagement

  • In conjunction with Hort Innovation, work with major retailers and independents to educate staff on best practice merchandising and negotiate Point of Purchase displays at key periods.
  • Develop and issue a Retailer Tool Kit to all major retailers.

2.     Promote the category

  • Work closely with Hort Innovation to ensure their banana marketing activities and projects are well integrated and communicated in store to achieve maximum results.

3.     Communication  

  • Improve the communication of information both ways across supply chains, including informing retailers and wholesalers on major supply issues and events.

More detail about Andrew Burns’ role can be found on the ABGC website (click here)


Limited places left for Unbreakable Success Matrix workshop

There are limited places still available for Trevor Farmer’s ‘Unbreakable Success Matrix’ workshop in Cairns. Watch the video below to hear from banana grower Gavin Mackay about the benefits of Trevor’s work. 

The workshop, created by Trevor and fellow Topcatz founder Julianne Cowan, is scheduled for 2-3 November in Cairns. 

The ‘Unbreakable Success Matrix’ helps you develop skills that are essential for personal satisfaction and professional success. Growers can find out more by visiting the Topcatz website here:


Making sense of climate and seasonal forecasts before it goes bananas!


Banana growers are invited to attend weather and climate workshops being held at South Johnstone and Mareeba. These free half day workshops are organised as part of the NextGen group by the National Banana Development & Extension Program.   

The workshops aim to raise awareness and understanding of climate and seasonal forecasts, climate drivers and historical patterns, to help growers incorporate seasonal forecast information into their on-farm decision making processes.

The workshops will run from 9am to 12:30pm, with a light lunch to follow. 

  • Mareeba – Thursday, 13 October – Department of Resources, 28 Peters Street, Mareeba, QLD, 4880.
  • South Johnstone – Friday, 14 October – South Johnstone Research Facility, 24 Experimental Station Road, South Johnstone, QLD, 4859.

More details here:

RSVP is essential for catering purposes by Friday 7 October.  Contact Shanara Veivers on 0400 870 731 or e-mail


The NextGen initiative is part of the National Banana Development and Extension Program (BA19004). This project has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the Hort Innovation banana research and development levy, co-investment from the Queensland Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, New South Wales Department of Primary industries and contributions from the Australian Government. Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture.


TR4 Situation Report


Panama TR4 Board Snapshot

The Panama TR4 Program Management Board met on the 7 September 2022. Read here for an update.


Short animation series explains key messages of TR4 for growers

Are you interested to know a bit more about Panama TR4 but don’t have time to read the factsheets in our Grower Kit?  Well, if this is the case, the Panama TR4 Program has produced a series of short animation tutorials that give you a brief overview of what happens when a surveillance team visits your farm and what happens behind the scenes after they leave. You can find these animations in the Grower Kit on, or click straight through to watch them on our YouTube channel:


Cutting edge banana tech featured in media

Did you spot Gavin Devaney, of Bartle Frere Bananas, in Queensland Country Life this week? You can view the article about the technology in place on his Boogan (QLD) farm by clicking here. 


Horticulture Farm Business Resilience webinar

Growcom are holding a webinar to help answer your questions about Farm Business Resilience Planning. 

The webinar will cover what Farm Business Resilience Planning is, why you need to do it and how to get started. Farm Business Resilience Program funding and associated grants and loans available through QRIDA have been made available until June 2024.  

DETAILS: Wednesday, 5 October | 2pm-3pm


Nominations open to recognise exceptional rural women

Applications are now open for the 2023 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award.

AgriFutures is also holding a range of Q&A sessions in September and October for the awards, as well as their Acceleration Grant program. Applications for both programs close on 19 October 2022. Apply here.


Fair Farms National Conference & Awards