Best Management Practice

Best Management Practice (BMP)

BY GROWERS, FOR GROWERS: Since 2013, the Banana BMP has been helping growers to self-assess their own environmental practice against the wider industry.

Key ContactS

BANANA BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICE

The Banana BMP is an annual checklist that growers can use to identify farm management practices they’d like to implement in order to continuously improve to reach/exceed BMP.

The BMP is available as a single downloadable document or an an interactive online questionnaire that banana growers can do by themselves or with the support of an ABGC Extension Officer.

DOWNLOAD THE ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDELINES FOR THE AUSTRALIAN BANANA INDUSTRY HERE

Banana BMP Team

AMELIA FOSTER

BMP COORDINATOR

MOLLY BLAKE

Extension officer

Stephanie Ruiz

Extension officer

FUTURE FARMING AWARD

The Future Farming Award is presented at the Australian Banana Industry Congress and recognises Outstanding Achievement in Banana Best Management Practice. 

The 2023 recipients were Steve Lizzio and Richelle Miles of MBL Bananas. 

BETTER BUNCH APP

The Banana industry’s ‘BetterBunch’ app is a time saving device to assist growers to record farm practices. This app has been designed to include the requirements under the new Water Quality regulations.

REEF REGULATIONS

In December 2019, the Queensland Government introduced regulations for the use of nitrogen and phosphorous on banana farms in Reef catchments. This also includes implementing measures that minimise sediment loss from farms.

MANAGING YOUR SOIL

Your soil is a valuable resource. Poor farm layout, high traffic areas and lack of ground cover can lead to soil losses. The high rainfall in the Wet Tropics means that all soil loss cannot be avoided but some measures can be taken to minimise soil loss or capture it to prevent sediments entering waterways and ultimately the Great Barrier Reef lagoon.

INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT

Adopting a range of different strategies to manage pest populations is essential. This helps minimise the potential for chemical resistance and ensure that beneficial insects/organisms are not adversely impacted by control mechanisms. Further information can be found below

IRRIGATION

Learn how to improve your irrigation system. Further information can be found in fact sheets and videos, link below

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

A range of research reports for the banana industry can be found below

MANAGING YOUR NUTRIENTS

In December 2019, the Queensland Government introduced regulations to restrict the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous that can be applied on banana farms in Reef catchments. To find out about these regulations and other resources (factsheets/videos)

WATER QUALITY

Around 90% of banana farming occurs in catchments adjacent to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The Reef is under increasing threat from a range of pressures that include the impact of land based run-off associated with agricultural activities. Find out more here

Environmental BMP

Since 2013, the Banana BMP has been helping growers to self-assess their own environmental practice against the wider industry. The Banana BMP was written by growers, for growers and can help demonstrate our industry’s ongoing improvements in the areas of soil health and nutrients, sediment control and pest management.

The BMP is available as a single downloadable document or an an interactive online questionnaire that banana growers can do by themselves or with the support of an ABGC Extension Officer.

Biosecurity BMP

The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has developed an On-Farm biosecurity manual (Biosecurity Best Management Practice) which includes a range of checklists, pictures and information.

The Banana best management practices on-farm biosecurity manual was designed to assist growers to implement effective on-farm biosecurity practices. It was produced as part of the Hort Innovation Banana Fund project Fusarium wilt Tropical Race 4 – biosecurity and sustainable solutions (BA14013).