Banana freckle disease is once again spreading in the Top End, leaving producers worried. The disease has now been recorded on 29 premises Batchelor-Rum Jungle region, Fly Creek, Marrakai and the Tiwi Islands.
Plant biosecurity officers are set to continue surveillance across the Top End, following strict biosecurity decontamination protocols when entering and exiting any premises to prevent the risk of spreading the disease. Growers are worried to see another devastating response to the disease's spread, similar to what happened following the last outbreak in 2013, and questions are now being asked on whether the decision to declare the NT free of the devastating disease in 2019 was premature.
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