QBAN

The production and use of high health planting material is key to good plantation management.

It plays an essential part in ensuring serious pests and diseases, such as Panama disease, Bunchy Top virus, banana weevil borer and many more, aren’t spread within and between farms. 

That’s where the Quality Approved Banana Nursery (QBAN) scheme comes in. 

The scheme, previously administered by the Queensland Government and now jointly run by Greenlife Industry Australia (GIA) and ABGC, signals that approved businesses are verified sources of high quality, clean planting material. 

QBAN is recognised across the country, both within industry and more broadly.

Participation in QBAN (Quality Approved Banana Nursery) is voluntary and any banana propagation business who can meet the QBAN requirements, may apply for accreditation under the scheme. This includes businesses involved with one or more of the activities associated with banana nursery stock production those being:

a)     sourcing or collection of propagative material for tissue culture initiation; 

b)     tissue culture propagation; 

c)     grow-out nurseries. 

 

To be eligible to apply to ABGC for QBAN accreditation, a propagative business must:

  • Implement the requirements specified within the NIASA Banana Nursery Stock Specification Appendix (please contact Greenlife Industry Australia by email for information – biosecure@greenlifeindustry.com.au or visit https://nurseryproductionfms.com.au/niasa-accreditation/); and
  • Be NIASA accredited under Part C (for production nurseries); or under Part B for Tissue Culture facilities; and
  • Be found at audit to have implemented the procedures within the Appendix to a Satisfactory standard; and
  • Demonstrate this through provision of a NIASA Banana Nursery Stock Specification Accreditation certificate. 

Some of the benefits to businesses for QBAN accreditation include:

  • To support our industry and at a minimal cost.
  • ABGC will encourage banana growers to support your business.
  • Include your business in a listing of QBAN businesses in Australian Bananas Magazine three times per year.
  • Allow you to advertise as a QBAN businesses, in Australian Bananas Magazine should you wish (fees apply). 
  • Include your business in the QBAN business listing on the ABGC Web site.  

Information and documentation for plant propagation businesses wishing to obtain QBAN accreditation may be found in the following files:

QBAN Facilities

Facility

Address

Locality and Postcode

Mobile

Landline

Email

Mission Beach Tissue Culture Nursery

Lindsay Road (PO Box 326)

MISSION BEACH QLD 4852

 0418 299 900

07 4068 8553

P.G. Berry-Porter – Trading as Kool Bananas

18 Casuarina Crescent (PO Box 191)

MISSION BEACH QLD 4852

07 4068 9382

Lowes TC Pty Ltd Laboratory and Nursery

202 Tumbi Road

TUMBI UMBI NSW 2261

0429 378 527

02 4389 8750

Tablelands Tissue Culture Nursery

Dati Road

WALKAMIN QLD 4872

 0418 299 900

07 4068 8559

Yuruga Laboratory and nursery

5970 Kennedy Highway

WALKAMIN QLD 4872

0427 933 791

07 4093 3826

Widebay Seedlings Pty Ltd

1971 Mungar Road

PIONEERS REST 4650

0427 371 353

07 4129 6684

Ausplant Nursery

72 Winton Street (PO Box 766)

DALBY QLD 4405

0427 371 566

07 4662 4934