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Innisfail growers on Panama TR4 management

15 September 2021

Mandatory biosecurity, ongoing education and incentive programs were some of the suggestions given to the Panama TR4 Program’s Management Board by Innisfail growers at a focus group meeting. The Panam...

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Science Symposium

15 September 2021

Australia’s top banana scientists gathered in Brisbane in April to share the latest research helping to protect and improve farming of the nation’s favourite fruit.Over the course of two days, more th...

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Tam joins the ABGC

15 September 2021

ABGC welcomes new extension officer Tamaya Peressini to the Best Practice Team. Tamaya (or Tam) grew up in Cairns and is pleased to be back in the Tropics after living in Canberra for the last two yea...

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Slab a sign of work to come

31 August 2021

Work is progressing at the New South Wales-based variety trial site in Alstonville, with a slab marking the start of construction of a shed to be used for fruit processing and data collection. The she...

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Piecework rates under scrutiny

31 August 2021

At the time of going to print, the Fair Work Commission’s hearing of the Australian Workers Union application to vary the Horticulture Award regarding piecework rates had almost wrapped up. The NFF an...

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Reef Hearing

31 August 2021

The chair of the Australian Banana Growers’ Council has again argued that Best Management Practice is a better approach to improving water quality than reef regulations. Stephen Lowe gave evidence to ...

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Chair Column – August 2021

31 August 2021

Stephen Lowe, ABGC Chair Hard times, but industry will bounce back There is a poignant quote by Canadian author and organic farmer Brett Brian, it is: “Farming is a profession of hope”. I, like most o...

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CEO Column – August 2021

31 August 2021

Jim Pekin, CEOIt’s been six-and-a-half years since Far North Queensland had its first detection of Panama tropical race 4 (TR4) and, as at 31 July, it had been detected on four other FNQ farms. ABGC’s...

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The reality of worker shortages

24 August 2021

Banana businesses of all sizes have been hard hit by ongoing pandemic-related worker shortages.The situation is constantly changing. Here, four growers share their experience so far.Alarm bells starte...

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Biosecurity key for slowing spread of Race 1

1 May 2021

Information in this article is courtesy of Tom Flanagan / NSW Department of Primary Industries In the Australian banana industry, the word Panama is often used to describe one thing: the devastating T...

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Flooding – NSW and WA

1 May 2021

NSW COPS A DRENCHINGAt the time of going to print, residents, business owners and producers across New South Wales were still taking in the impact of a ‘one-in-100-year’ flood. As average monthly rain...

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Crop timing after a disaster

1 May 2021

Stewart Lindsay, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Banana producers in the Innisfail region severely affected by the cyclonic weather on 1 March will need to manage their crop cycling over the n...

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ABGC thanks Jade Buchanan for service

1 May 2021

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council has farewelled Director Jade Buchanan, who has stepped down after more than three years of service to the Board. During that time, Ms Buchanan has been a valued ...

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WA banana bonanza

1 May 2021

In February this year, Western Australia’s Sweeter Banana Cooperative put out a simple call to action: buy all the local bananas you can. Perfect tropical conditions and a COVID-19 lockdown in Perth (...

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Increasing spread of TR4

1 May 2021

While there have been just five commercial banana farms confirmed with Panama disease tropical race 4 (TR4) since March 2015, the disease continues to spread in the Tully Valley. The number of plants ...

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Chair Column – April 2021

1 May 2021

Stephen Lowe, Chair At the end of 2020, I think most growers had high hopes that 2021 would somehow wave a magic wand and bring with it some positive prosperity, to counteract a year we’d all rather f...

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