What We Do
THE AUSTRALIAN BANANA GROWERS’ COUNCIL (ABGC) LEADS AND REPRESENTS COMMERCIAL BANANA GROWERS TO ENSURE A PROFITABLE AND RESILIENT INDUSTRY FUTURE.
The ABGC is the recognized and respected authority that enables banana growers to maximise innovation and opportunity. Our 2030 vision is a banana industry that has grasped opportunities with courage and confidence.
WHAT WE DO
The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) is the national industry development organisation for the banana industry.
If there’s a new regulation or initiative that’s going to affect banana growers – proposed by any level of government or a body like Hort Innovation – the ABGC ensures growers’ views are heard.
ABGC runs several industry development projects, and as the industry advocate, it manages strategic industry issues for the industry. These include strategies and representations to governments to address Panama TR4, imports and other biosecurity matters, worker access, best management practice, industry regulations, cyclone impacts, supply chain issues and more.
The ABGC also makes representations on behalf of banana growers to Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd (HIA) on issues relating to the investment of levy-based and matched Australian Government funding on research and development and the investment of levy funds into industry marketing programs.
WHO WE ARE
The ABGC, founded in 1961, has an eight-member Board who are all banana growers from our major banana growing regions – six are from Queensland, one from New South Wales and one from Western Australia/Northern Territory.
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The ABGC’s head office is located at the Brisbane Markets’ South Gate East Commercial Centre in the suburb of Rocklea. Our Communications Manager, Industry Transition Leader (TR4), Best Management Practice team and Plant Health Officer are based in Far North Queensland. ABGC also employs a farm manager to look after the first property infected with Panama TR4, to ensure biosecurity practices are maintained at this now non-operational farm. The ABGC runs a Bunchy Top project with staff in northern NSW and southern Qld.
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The ABGC is a member of the NFF Horticulture Council, representing most horticultural peak industry bodies and the interests of growers in the horticulture sector.