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AU: Banana grower feedback sought on Panama TR4 program

Biosecurity Queensland is seeking feedback on the Panama TR4 program’s communication activities through an independent evaluation that will inform future engagement.

Panama TR4 acting program leader Rhiannon Evans said various activities had been conducted to communicate information to growers, other farmers, contractors, stakeholders and the regional community.

“Over the past two and a half years, communication activities have included coverage in the media and social media, email bulletins, website activity, an advertising campaign and community and stakeholder engagement activities,” Ms Evans said.

“Numerous resources for growers as part of the Panama TR4 Grower Kit have also been developed and distributed.

“Feedback from the evaluation will guide the program’s activities and information to ensure it is relevant and meeting the needs of industry and the community.

“Some growers have already participated in the evaluation via a one-on-one or a group meeting, or by phone - now we’d would like to gauge an overall feeling from industry via a short email survey.”

Ms Evans said people would receive an email on Friday, October 13 asking them to take part in the survey.

“Stakeholders and community members will receive an email from Kantar Public, an independent research agency, asking them to participate,” she said.

“The survey should take about 10 minutes and all information collected is confidential and securely stored. Participation in the evaluation is voluntary but we are urging growers and members of the community to seize the opportunity to have their say.”

Ms Evans said the community plays an important role in minimising the risk of spread of Panama disease in the region.

“The successful management of Panama disease tropical race 4 involves participation not only from industry, but the wider community also.

“By not entering banana farms without permission and respecting on-farm biosecurity procedures, the community is helping to protect banana growers in the region from this devastating disease.”

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