Growers' e-bulletin - 3 November, 2023

Growers’ e-bulletin – 3 November, 2023

Australian Banana Growers’ Council AGM – November 15

Members are invited to join the Board and Senior Staff for the 2023 Annual General Meeting of the Australian Banana Growers’ Council, either in person at South Johnstone or via video link. 

You’ll also get a chance to hear the latest on the Supply Chain Engagement Project and the Banana Benchmarking Project. To RSVP by COB Monday 13th November or for more information:

Changes to Post Entry Quarantine for bananas

When new banana plant material is imported into Australia, rigorous Post Entry Quarantine (PEQ) disease screening is undertaken to protect the banana industry against known and emerging biosecurity threats. While changes to banana quarantine services are currently underway, the same strict standards that growers and other industry stakeholders rely on are being maintained.

Since 1987, the PEQ process has been handled by Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) with support from the federal Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and the banana industry research and development levy via Hort Innovation.

After careful consideration from DAF, DAFF, Hort Innovation and the Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC), this process will be transitioned to the state-of-the-art DAFF Mickleham PEQ facility in Victoria where trial grow-outs have already proved successful. 

To find out more, including what it means if you import plant material, please click here.

Park Beach Bowls Club BBQ

Growers are invited to Park Beach Bowls Club (Coffs Harbour) next Wednesday 8 November for a free BBQ and the opportunity to check out (and hopefully taste!)  the first bunch of a locally-grown pre-commercial variety. There’ll also be discussion about nursing tissue culture from flask. 

When: 2-4pm

Contact: Steven Norman (NSW DPI) – or 0432 680 532 

The Biggest AgriPhoto Competition

In the lead up to National Ag Day (17 November), a photo competition has been launched to celebrate the contribution and importance of farmers and their families.

The competition closes 12 November, with a grand prize of $2500 up for grabs. More details:


The Australian Farmer deluxe digital journal

TAF, a free online journal, has been updated with nearly 150 pages of new content.

Click link for free access to the latest TAF July 2023 Live Edition: