Magazine Articles

Magazine Articles

The Way Forward: Developing a future TR4 Plan

20 December 2018

All growers nationally are being asked to have their say on a proposed Five-Year TR4 Control and Containment Strategy, to guide industry’s future response and decide how it will be funded. Sonia Campb...

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Who Dares Wins: Investing in more than bananas

20 December 2018

It’s a much touted old saying: don’t put all your eggs in one basket. And it seems banana growers have taken heed, filling their baskets not only with bananas, but with avocados, sugarcane, cattle and...

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ABGC Annual General Meeting

20 December 2018

The ABGC held its Annual General Meeting in Tully on November 21, where Chair Stephen Lowe presented ABGC’s Business Case for the Future of the TR4. The meeting was followed by a traditional barbecue,...

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Murwillumbah-nanas for fruit

20 December 2018

Clean, quality fruit was the hallmark of the banana exhibit at the 2018 Murwillumbah Show. The Tweed Brunswick Banana Growers’ Association was behind the event, organising $5000 in prizes for growers,...

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Grower Profile: Ray Nelson, Kiamba

20 December 2018

Long-time grower Ray Nelson on his property at Kiamba in South East Queensland. In 1978, Ray Nelson had a choice to make: continue his promising career as a cook in the Air Force, or return to th...

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We’re bananas for Billy

20 December 2018

Spreading the banana message back in 2005. “Preseason fuel” - Billy Slater promoting bananas on Facebook. This year marked the end of an era for rugby league in Australia, with Melbourne Storm ...

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Peeling good, and the data proves it

20 December 2018

The results for the first half of Australian Bananas’ ‘Peel Good, Feel Good’ campaign are in – and they’ve exceeded the benchmark in all areas.  If you’ve caught Nine News or The Project, streamed som...

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Keep your eyes peeled in the field

20 December 2018

Biosecurity Queensland is offering farm visits to problem-solve any issues when preparing for Panama TR4. Contributed by Biosecurity Queensland Do you know how to check your plants for signs of P...

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Expertise in Panama TR4 diagnosis abounds

20 December 2018

By Deanna Belbin, Biosecurity Queensland You may have already met Biosecurity Queensland surveillance officers, Chris Collier and Jess Portch, when they visit farms to check plants for signs of Panama...

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Tissue Culture Spotlight

20 December 2018

Over the next few issues of Australian Bananas magazine, you’ll get a chance to find out more about Australia’s tissue culture nurseries. Lowes TC What varieties do you offer? William...

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All (treatment) systems go!

20 December 2018

Banana grower Rob Zahra helps install the High Efficiency Sediment basin. - Terrain NRM For the past year, the Wet Tropics Major Integrated Project (MIP) has worked with local organisations and ...

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One year into the innovation field trial

20 December 2018

Early observations of an innovation field trial at South Johnstone indicates the weed matting has delayed bell emergence, and Pinto Peanut (Arachis pintoi) has shown to be the most promising living gr...

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Branding bananas to build the industry

20 December 2018

Banana grower Matt Abbott summarises what many in the industry know all too well: “Banana growers are growing more, working harder and being paid less for their product.” It’s a sentiment that sparked...

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Giving a bunch to people in need

20 December 2018

With thanks to Foodbank  Foodbank Queensland CEO Michael Rose with some donated bananas. 26% The number of food relief recipients in Australia under the age of 19. 710,000 The number of Aus...

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Under the Microscope – Bunchy Top

19 December 2018

Images supplied by Barry Sullivan Under the Microscope profiles the industry’s emerging and exotic diseases. Sometimes you just need the facts, fast. What is bunchy top? Bunchy top is on...

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Bunchy top team tackling virus

19 December 2018

Project leader Barry Sullivan in the field. Battling Bunchy Top is an ongoing challenge for Australia’s banana industry and 2018 has been another interesting year for projects in South Eas...

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Taking on Turkey: ProMusa 2018

19 December 2018

Australia’s subtropical banana experience was shared with experts from across the world at ProMusa 2018.  The conference, part of the 30th International Horticultural Congress, was held in Turkey and ...

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Lessons from the Philippines on TR4 Management

19 December 2018

By Tony Pattison Filipino banana growers differ greatly in how effectively they manage Fusarium Wilt (Panama Disease) of banana. In a nutshell, the farms that were most effective in managing the disea...

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Panama TR4 R&D Project Success

18 December 2018

In August 2018 the three-year funded BA14012 ‘Coordination of the Banana Industry R&D Panama TR4)’ project was completed. The purpose of this project was to coordinate and build knowledge and capa...

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Carl lands at ABGC with a hop, swim and jump

18 December 2018

Carl Rickson has certainly taken the road less travelled on his way to becoming a Plant Health Officer. The newest face in the Australian Banana Growers’ Council office has played NRL, skippered boats...

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