Magazine Articles

Magazine Articles

Boar War: taking to the skies in the TR4 battle

12 December 2017

A renewed scourge in Queensland’s banana heartland has forced growers to leave nothing to chance, addressing a very real threat in the on-going challenge to contain Panama TR4. Feral pigs have been in...

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How Sweet It Is: success for Carnarvon growers

12 December 2017

Growers in Carnarvon that make up the Sweeter Banana Co-operative have created a niche market for their ‘desert’ bananas with sweet success—using some savvy marketing to prove big isn’t always best. B...

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Kununurra Banana Boom

6 December 2017

The tropical semi-arid conditions of the Ord River in Kununurra certainly has its challenges when it comes to growing bananas. But Western Australia’s largest banana producer—Kimberley Produce—has tak...

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NextGen Growers venture to Darwin

6 December 2017

In October, a group of enthusiastic, young growers took part in a two-day visit to the Northern Territory, as part of a fact-finding Next Gen tour. The tour included a visit to a Panama TR4 trial site...

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Pursuit for Panama resistant varieties

6 December 2017

By Stewart Lindsay, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries The outbreak of Panama disease TR4 in the North Queensland banana industry in March 2015 has generated a lot of interest among ba...

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Reef report card released

6 December 2017

The banana industry continues to adopt Best Management Practices, with the 2016 Reef Report Card showing 62 per cent of Wet Tropics production land had improved their practice. Released in October, th...

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Protecting Australia’s natural icon

6 December 2017

Frank and Dianne Sciacca with their Prince of Wales Environmental Leadership—Reef Sustainability Awardat the Reef Alliance Awards ceremony in Townsville. Picture supplied by Reef Alliance The tireless...

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A look back with Matt

6 December 2017

NSW Banana Industry Development Officer Matt Weinert with banana researcher David Peasley. NSW banana industry development officer Matt Weinert has just completed his three-year contract, working with...

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Mixed cropping and TR4

6 December 2017

By Deanna Belbin Growers that undertake mixed cropping on their properties are reminded that biosecurity measures should be followed for all cropping areas. Minimising the risk of spread of all pests,...

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New QBAN signed off

6 December 2017

THE new project to update and transition the QBAN (Quality Approved Banana Nursery) from a state government regulated scheme to an industry-run scheme has begun. Having access to clean planting materi...

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Leaning into the Challenge – Panama TR4

29 August 2017

For more than two years, the Australian banana industry has held its collective breath, hoping heavily that Panama Tropical Race 4 would remain at bay, following Queensland’s first TR4 detection...

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Next Generation look outside the box

28 August 2017

By Tegan Kukulies, DAF Over the past year the young banana growers which form the NextGen group have been looking to other horticultural industries and manufacturing to draw inspiration and drive inno...

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Banana Freckle Update

28 August 2017

By Dr Rosie Godwin The National Banana Freckle Eradication program (NBFEP) recently entered the final phase of the eradication program:  Phase four – Assessment of proof of freedom. Banana Freck...

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Sydney draws a crowd for Congress 2017

28 August 2017

By Paula Doran The Australian Banana Industry Congress for 2017 has come and gone, and what an incredible three days of inspiration, information and industry updates. The Sydney event was based at the...

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Breeding for Disease Resistance in Bananas

28 August 2017

Pests and diseases are major production constraints for the global banana industry costing significant time and money each year in control measures. There are a number of banana improvement programs o...

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Getting more bang for your banana buck

27 August 2017

After a successful six month period of marketing for Australian Bananas, the brand is set for another big push in the second half of 2017. As always, the focus will be on getting the maximum bang for ...

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Top gong for former ABGC Chair

27 August 2017

Former Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) chair Doug Phillips received the highest accolade from the Australian banana industry during the 2017 Congress Banana Ball. Mr Phillips was the sole re...

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