Biosecurity Code of Practice
The ABGC-led Banana Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice for Sourcing and planting of banana plants in an area where serious pests are present was finalised on August 27, 2020 and aims to provide detailed guidance to growers on the use of planting material and outlines reasonable and practical steps to minimise associated biosecurity risks and protect the industry.
The Code provides a single and clear reference for what the General Biosecurity Obligation (GBO) could mean for Queensland growers and, similarly, the General Biosecurity Duty (GBD) for those in NSW. That is, a supporting mechanism for government to decide if growers are meeting industry expectations in the way they use planting material.
All people including growers have an obligation to be aware of pests, diseases and weeds and take action to prevent their introduction and spread – e.g. Panama disease TR4, Race 1 and Bunchy top virus.
The Code is about ensuring your farm business is not put at risk by any ill-considered actions of other growers.
A hard copy of the Code can be provided. Please call ABGC on (07) 32784787.
High Priority Pests
There are 17 High Priority Pests (HPPs) for the Australian banana industry.
Just as the name suggests, HPPs are those that have been identified as posing the most risk to the industry.
To find out more about each pest, simply click on the button below.
Other pests of note
While these pests are not on the HPP list, they remain a focus within the banana industry.
Biosecurity Framework of the Australian Banana Industry
The Banana Industry Biosecurity Framework identifies gaps in knowledge, scientific protocols and on-farm practice for the high priority pests and diseases of the Australian banana industry. It has been developed as part of the Banana Strategic Industry Development project that was funded by Hort Innovation.