Magazine Articles

Magazine Articles

Maintaining the fight and readying for TR4

20 April 2018

In this three-page feature, Biosecurity Queensland answers some frequently asked questions about Panama TR4, including long-term industry management and what to expect once issued a notice of affected...

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The future is now for Tweed banana growers

20 April 2018

By Amy Spear With high-rise visible above the banana leaves and longhorn cattle grazing nearby, Colin Singh admits he’s got banana sap in his veins. The unusual, almost suburban patch of bananas is on...

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Rick-roaring recollections of years gone by

20 April 2018

Lachie Rick was chairman of ABGC from 89/90 and 91/92. The name Lachie Rick will be familiar to many in the banana industry, as a former grower, long-time director and ABGC chairman. He invited ...

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Australian Bananas keeps performing

20 April 2018

By Elisa King, Hort Innovation Marketing Manager  After a strong start to the year, the Australian Bananas marketing campaign is set to go from strength to strength for the second half. Research resul...

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For the love of the Reef

20 April 2018

Gavin Eilers on his Wangan farm. Many Australian banana growers work hard to protect the environment year in, year out—after all, it’s their home as well as their livelihood.  But with 2018 declared t...

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Walking the Landscape

20 April 2018

By Monica Haynes, Terrain The Wet Tropics isn’t called the Wet Topics for nothing, but heavy rain didn’t stop more than 100 people ’walking’ local landscapes recently to better understand how water ca...

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Sediment management workshop

20 April 2018

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council has rolled out the first of a series of sediment management workshops aimed at helping north Queensland banana growers improve their on-farm sediment practices. ...

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Congress 2019 in the works

20 April 2018

Time to start planning your trip. Picture: Destination Gold Coast The Gold Coast sure knows how to host a premier event. This year, the Commonwealth Games. Next year? The Australian Banana Indus...

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New field trials at South Johnstone

20 April 2018

By Tegan Kukulies  The NextGen banana growers group have kicked off 2018 with a field walk through two field trials which were planted in late 2017 at the South Johnstone DAF research station. Members...

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UNDER THE MICROSCOPE – Blood Disease

20 April 2018

Andre Drenth A new, regular feature in Australian Bananas magazine, Under the Microscope will profile the industry’s emerging and exotic diseases. Sometimes you just need the facts, fast. WHAT I...

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HARPS: Who, where and why

20 April 2018

The initial purpose of a Harmonised Australian Retailer Produce Scheme (HARPS) was to provide a single food safety certification to replace multiple  requirements for growers supplying more than one s...

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One stop R&D site

19 April 2018

The latest advances in banana research will soon be available at the click of a button via the Australian Banana Growers Council website. The dedicated electronic R&D resource features easy to nav...

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2018 Banana Roadshow

19 April 2018

The six-stop National Banana Roadshow series is again coming to a location near you in July/August 2018. Make sure you save the date for one of these important industry events. These fast paced day-lo...

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Do you have what it takes to lead?

19 April 2018

If you’re keen to take your business to the next level and see an exciting future in the banana industry, the LEAD program could be right up your alley. Designed to promote Leadership, Exploration and...

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Rejects and reaching out

18 April 2018

Industry Development Officer Matt Weinert with New South Wales grower and Tweed BGA chair Colin Singh. Industry Development Officer Matt Weinert explains how his new extension project will benefit sub...

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National plant protection program moving ahead

18 April 2018

By Stewart Lindsay The banana industry’s new national plant protection program is progressing well with field trials, farm surveys and IPM priority setting workshops underway or completed. The plant p...

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Taiwanese research visit

18 April 2018

By Rosie Godwin & Stewart Lindsay In early February this year, Dr Chih-Ping Chao (Director) and Dr Gus Molina (consultant) from the Taiwanese Banana Research Institute (TBRI) met with a delegation...

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Panama research project update

18 April 2018

By Tony Pattison  The Fusarium wilt Tropical Race 4 Research Program (BA14014) is investigating mid and long term strategies to manage Fusarium wilt (Panama disease) through improved banana cultivars,...

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On Trial: Work continues at Duranbah

18 April 2018

Industry Development Officer Matt Weinert inspects plantings at the Duranbah trial site. Nestled among rolling green hills, ocean views and million dollar homes is a patch of bananas that could hold t...

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Path to most resistance

18 April 2018

In research labs and trial sites around the world, the search for a commercially viable banana variety resistant to Panama TR4 edges closer every day.  As a variety screening trial for TR4 resistance ...

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NT Freckle freedom in sight

18 April 2018

Australia is very close to declaring itself rid of Banana Freckle. Amy Spear reports Surveillance Officer Maurice Thompson with sentinel banana plants prior to distribution. Picture: Bill Whitington L...

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Still Bananas: latest Nielsen research

18 April 2018

The latest Nielsen research shows Aussies are still bananas for their favourite fruit.  Associate director of Analytics at Nielsen, Chanel Day reports. Bananas are nature’s non-stop energy snack, and ...

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Banana biosecurity at its best

18 April 2018

Pictured at the Australian Biosecurity Awards ceremony in Canberra on March 6 (from left) Gavin Mackay and Cameron Mackay (Mackay Farming Group), Alan Petersen (Rum Jungle Organics), Greg Fraser (Plan...

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