Support for Queensland banana growers against Panama disease

The fight to save Queensland’s $600 million banana industry from the threat of the Panama disease has been boosted by a further $3.5 million. More than $24 million has already been spent to contain the spread of the disease. The TR4 strain was first identified in March 2015, and a second detection was confirmed in July.

“Biosecurity Queensland has worked hand in glove with growers, local councils and the Australian Banana Growers Council to limit the spread to two properties, but the government has consistently said there can be no room for complacency,” said Agriculture Minister Mark Furner. “Biosecurity Queensland will work with industry and government stakeholders as well as the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service on the development of a feral pig management plan that complements the activities of the Panama TR4 Program.”

According to the article, early detection is critical to containing the disease. So the $2.4 million of the new funding, allocated towards increasing surveillance across Far North Queensland, should be money well spent.

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