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Improve record keeping with BetterBunch app

1 September 2020

Record keeping can be an onerous and time-consuming task for growers.  Banana growers need to record fertiliser and chemical usage for food safety accreditation and under the government reef regu...

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Waterways report card

1 September 2020

Elaine Seager, Terrain Water quality in the Tully, Johnstone, Russell and Mulgrave freshwater rivers and estuaries continues to be in ‘good’ overall condition, according to the latest Wet Tropics Repo...

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Senate hears feral pig impacts

1 September 2020

Following ABGC’s submission to the inquiry into the impact of feral deer, pigs and goats in Australia, ABGC Deputy Chair, Leon Collins, was invited to speak at Parliament House on Tuesday 21 July.&nbs...

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Keeping Panama TR4 aware

1 September 2020

Panama TR4 Program engagement officer, Rebeca Breaden, delivering a Panama Ed session to SES volunteers in Innisfail before the COVID-19 health pandemic. By S...

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Update on the spread of TR4

1 September 2020

Panama TR4 continues to spread slowly in the Tully Valley, but escalation of the disease is always a constant threat. The number of plants confirmed with TR4, and the number of sites where these plant...

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COVID-19 guide for banana growers

1 September 2020

When the COVID-19 health pandemic took hold earlier this year, the Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) moved swiftly to ensure growers were kept abreast of the rapidly changing environment, whic...

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Mandatory health plans

1 September 2020

Growers who employ seasonal workers, including visa holders, must have a health management plan in place to manage the risk of COVID-19. The Seasonal Workers Health Management Plan Direction came into...

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Colombia learns from QLD Panama TR4 experience

1 September 2020

By Richard Dinnen, Biosecurity Queensland When Panama disease tropical race four (Panama TR4) was first detected in Queensland in 2015, industry and government asked the international community for gu...

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Helping banana growers from Tully to Timbuktu

1 September 2020

The future of the banana industry relies heavily on the next generation. For banana research, this requires having energetic, innovative, early career scientists gain their qualifications working alon...

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Moko in Latin America

1 September 2020

By Professor Andre Drenth Bananas are susceptible to three important bacterial wilt diseases that reduce productivity and quality.These diseases are Moko, blood disease and banana Xanthomonas wilt and...

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Journey to a stable farming future

1 September 2020

Fourth generation farmer Shayne Cini on the bank of the South Johnstone River which runs beside his banana farm at Wangan. By Lea Coghlan Just like farming, l...

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Banana SARP

1 September 2020

Earlier this year the Banana Strategic Agrochemical Review Process (SARP) was conducted through desktop audit and industry liaison to: • Assess the importance of the diseases, insects and weeds that c...

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Duranbah closure

1 September 2020

The curtain has closed on the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) long history of banana research at the Duranbah trial site in northern NSW.  The final trials at the site were completed i...

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Chair Column – August 2020

1 September 2020

– Stephen LoweCOVID-19 Last magazine the COVID-19 pandemic was just taking hold globally – and four months later there still remains a great deal of uncertainty, both here on home soil and...

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CEO Column – August 2020

1 September 2020

– Jim PekinSurveillance strategy review The new Panama TR4 Program Management Board was due to meet for the second time on July 15, but had to post-pone, due to unforeseen circumstances. The Boa...

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