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No business like banana show business

6 September 2018

There’s something undeniably special about regional shows. They are a great chance to socialise and there is no better way to celebrate local produce, creativity and skill. In Coffs Harbour, Innisfail...

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Louis ready for a spot of retirement

6 September 2018

In his eight years as Australian Banana Growers’ Council Yellow Sigatoka Liaison Officer, Louis Lardi says he’s traversed over 300,000km by road, received just one speeding ticket, cracked two windscr...

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A Congress not to be missed

6 September 2018

RACQ Royal Pines Resort – the site of the 2019 Congress. Preparations for the next Australian Banana Industry Congress (ABIC) are gaining momentum with an exciting program already in the ...

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Here’s looking at you, growers

6 September 2018

What does the latest round of benchmarking reveal about the banana industry? The 2016/17 results are in and Howard Hall, of Pinnacle Agribusiness, is here to help break them down. It’s clear b...

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Panama TR4 Ready campaign under way

6 September 2018

To ensure everyone plays their part in helping to minimise the spread of Panama disease tropical race 4 (Panama TR4), Biosecurity Queensland has been implementing a number of key projects to raise awa...

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Feel the need for speed

6 September 2018

Congratulations to Matt Abbott and Joshua Rolfe who have claimed a place among the world’s fastest outrigger canoe paddlers. The North Queenslanders, both from well-known banana growing families, comp...

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Wet Tropics MIP trial work

6 September 2018

Soil and topographic work is underway at sites for bioreactors (nitrogen traps) and constructed wetlands on farms in the Cassowary Coast region. Contractors are undertaking topographical surveys and s...

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Can economics help banana farming?

6 September 2018

Banana growers in the Wet Tropics can increase their profitability and sustainability by adopting the banana industry’s suite of best management practices (BMP). That was the message from Department o...

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Slash your costs with home-grown invention

6 September 2018

Mena Creek grower David Rolfe uses a wick wiper to apply herbicide. The invention is already used by a handful of other growers. If time and money are two things you value, a Wet Tropics inv...

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Spreading the benefits

6 September 2018

Efficiency on a North Queensland banana farm has spiked, thanks to the recent introduction of a locally-built spreader. Mick Horsford farms at Mena Creek and Pin Gin Hill, along with his brother Kris ...

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Under the Microscope: Black Sigatoka

6 September 2018

1. Cavendish leaf destroyed by Black Sigatoka 2 Lesions of Black Sigatoka producing spores Under the Microscope profiles the industry’s emerging and exotic diseases. Sometimes you just need...

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ACORBAT Conference

4 September 2018

Dr Tony Pattison delivers a presentation on the Australian experience in the management of TR4 at ACORBAT 2018 By Dr Tony Pattison Miami, Florida is better known for its beaches, rather than ban...

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Hit the road, researchers

4 September 2018

The latest banana research has been on tour, bringing valuable science and new on-farm strategies to growing regions around Australia. The 2018 National Banana Roadshow began in Murwillumbah on July 2...

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Value adding through niche market idea

3 September 2018

Alana Sciacca and her partner Jake Siltanen with some of the seconds bananas they deliver to households across North Queensland. It’s clear the banana doesn’t fall far from the bunch when you st...

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One-stop banana R&D website launched

3 September 2018

The latest advances in banana research are now available at the click of a button. A dedicated electronic R&D resource has been developed by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in collabor...

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Banana growers among LEADers

3 September 2018

The banana industry was well represented at the first Leadership Exploration and Development (LEAD) program in Canberra from 2-4 July. LEAD involves growers from a range of industries including banana...

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Sweeter shines in Turkey

3 September 2018

Doriana Mangili from Sweeter Banana Co-operative An Australian banana business manager has shared a subtropical marketing success story at a prestigious conference in Turkey. Doriana Mangili, from Swe...

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Aussie TR4 experience shared in US

3 September 2018

Dr Rosie Godwin Boston: home of the Red Sox, Harvard University and – for a few days this year – the world’s brightest plant pathologists. The International Congress of Plant Pathology (ICPP) was held...

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