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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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Industry resilient in face of Panama disease

27 August 2017

The discovery of a suspect second case of Panama disease Tropical Race 4 (TR4) on a property in the Tully Valley was not ideal, but was not unexpected. Panama TR4 acting program leader Rhiannon Evans ...

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TR4 response….. protecting bananas

21 April 2017

Last month marked two years since Panama Tropical Race 4 (TR4) was first detected in Queensland’s Far North, on a farm in the Tully Valley. As the anniversary neared, leading banana researchers from a...

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APP-solutely a breeze

10 April 2017

A growing number of Australian banana growers have discovered just how quick and easy record keeping can be thanks the specially-designed BetterBunch app, launched last year. Developed by the Australi...

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Growers urged to start feral pig trapping

10 April 2017

Banana growers in northern Queensland are being urged to start a feral pig trapping program to reduce the risk of spread of Panama disease tropical race 4. Biosecurity Queensland’s Acting Panama TR4 P...

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Banana marketing update

10 April 2017

In recent months, Australian Bananas have been everywhere! On our small screens, city streets, shopping centres and even our mobile phones! And, we are about to see even more of them. Hort Innovation ...

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Workshop brainstorms water quality ideas

10 April 2017

More than 500 reef water quality ideas were gathered at the Wet Tropics Major Integrated Project (WTMIP) innovation workshops held in Innisfail and Tully on 2 and 3 March. The Queensland Governm...

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Help at hand for growers doing it tough

10 April 2017

Growers facing financial hardship are being urged to make the most of  free financial counselling on offer, which could provide vital assistance to see them through difficult times. Rural financial co...

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Pint-sized GM packs a punch

10 April 2017

By Sonia Campbell When Tablelands banana grower Dennis Howe was looking to employ someone to help manage his family’s ever-growing agribusiness, he took a punt on pint-sized accountant Kim Mastin. She...

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New passion for retiring chair

10 April 2017

By Sonia Campbell When Doug Phillips took on the role of Chair of the Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC), he had no idea the challenges that would lie ahead. He stepped into the role at a time ...

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Changing of the guard

10 April 2017

The departure of Doug Phillips as Chair of the Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) in November signalled a significant changing of the guard for the council. Mr Phillips stood down from the helm...

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Grower assistance to improve reef quality

10 April 2017

More growers are about to benefit from Commonwealth funding designed to assist growers to make on-farm practice changes that reduce their environmental footprint on the Great Barrier Reef. Sonia Campb...

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