Congress Chair and Australian Banana Growers’ Council Director, Paul Inderbitzin addressing delegates at the welcome function.
The Australian Banana Industry Congress 2019 attracted delegates from all over Australia, and even Ecuador.
Congress MC Ashley Walmsley opening the official program
Shane Webcke, guest speaker and former rugby league player, sharing his insights of growing up on a cotton farm.
Wayne Prowse, Principal & Senior Analyst from Fresh Intelligence Consulting, speaking about Global Banana Trade Trends
Tate Connolly, from Hort Innovation, presenting recent banana marketing statistics.
Bernard Salt AM, leading media commentator, demographer and global trends expert.
Dr Bruce Campbell, former Chief Operating Officer of Plant & Food Research in New Zealand, explaining the impact Psa-V had on kiwifruit vines.
Delegates gathering for the Pakall Trade Show evening and Happy Hour
Tate Connolly and Elisa King from Hort Innovation, which is responsible for the Australian Bananas brand.
George Haggar, Anthony Zecchinati, Ashlee Kilmartin and Chaise Pensini from Nutrano Produce Group
Jason Cairns-Lawrence, Brenton Baldock and Philip Nuttal from Oji Fibre Solutions
Michael Thoreau from CSIRO Data61 AgTech Cluster
Rick Keene and Ben Orchiston from Seasol
Matt Cotton and Jason Scherer from Netafim
Lauren Barty from Signet
Greg Wilson and Warrick Johns from Warehouse Design & Packaging
Sabrina Brick and Robert Hayes from Madec Australia
Barry Campagnolo and Richard Green from Visy Industries displaying the company's new collaborative robot system.
The robot is part of Visy's Omron Collaborative Series, and this particular application is demonstrating taking cardboard banana punnets and placing them into a tray.
Roberto Ciancio and Roei Yaakobi from Tie Up Farming
The outdoor trade exhibition, featuring machinery from CNH Industrial - New Holland
Bananas throughout the congress were supplied by Costa
Rob Zahra, an Innisfail banana grower, discussing his High Efficiency Sediment Basin project.
Andrew Dewar, Managing Director of Pilton Valley Produce, giving an overview of his company.
Andrew Dewar, Managing Director of Pilton Valley Produce, and Rob Pafumi, General Manager of Innovation, Marketing and Sales at Austchilli Group - both talking about growing their businesses and dealing with change.
David Daniels from Citrus Australia delivering a presentation about export success.
Pam Brook, Co-founder of Brookfarm, explaining the opportunities surrounding value-adding.
Banana growers Mark Nucifora, Peter Inderbitzin, Rob Zahra and Matt Abbott explaining their innovative farming practices.
The Living and Farming with TR4 discussion panel, featuring Mark Smith from Darwin Fruit Farm and Gavin and Stephen Mackay from Mackays in Tully.
Tony Pattison being presented with an award by Nick MacLeod.
The Banana Ball officially wrapped up the Australian Banana Industry Congress 2019
Queensland Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner
Peter Molenaar being presented with his Award of Honour, by Australian Banana Growers' Council Stephen Lowe
Georgina Lewis, Channel Ten Newsreader and Awards Special Guest Presenter.