What the Queensland Government is doing

What the Queensland Government is doing

The Queensland Government has invested almost $42 million in the fight against Panama TR4.

The Panama TR4 Program (Program) works closely with growers and the Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) to control and contain the disease through surveillance, compliance, communication and education.

In April 2020, a government and industry Panama TR4 Program Management Board (the Board) was established to jointly fund, deliver and govern the Panama TR4 Program (Program) until 2023. The Board, made up of equal government and industry representation, will make key decisions on the future management of the disease and ensure the Program continues to be effective and efficient.

Surveillance

We continue to undertake scheduled surveillance on the infested farms and farms across Far North Queensland. Learn more about our Panama TR4 surveillance and how we determine which farms get surveillance.

Surveillance remains a key priority of the Panama TR4 response because the only way to control and contain the disease is through:

  • early detection
  • rapid destruction
  • on-farm restrictions.

We are encouraging growers to regularly check their own plants for signs of Panama TR4 to extend their farm viability by providing a:

On-farm biosecurity

We continue to visit growers to talk through individual biosecurity requirements for preparing and protecting farms against Panama TR4.

Protecting your farm against Panama TR4 also protects the whole industry.

Growers who prepare for Panama TR4 by putting in place strong biosecurity measures will be best placed to resume trading quickly if the disease is detected.

On-farm biosecurity measures have broader long-term benefits for growers and the industry beyond Panama TR4.

We work with growers so they can develop biosecurity practices and processes that work best for their farm. You can request a farm visit through the Panama TR4 Program on (07) 4091 8140 or panamatr4@daf.qld.gov.au.

We provide a grower kit with more information about on-farm biosecurity, and the on-farm biosecurity checklist to get a better understanding of how to protect your farm.

Managing Panama TR4 for the future

A shared approach

Biosecurity Queensland and the Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) have worked together to manage Panama TR4 since the first detection in Queensland in 2015. In April 2020, a government and industry Panama TR4 Program Management Board (the Board) was established to jointly fund, deliver and govern the Panama TR4 Program (Program) until 2023. The Board, made up of equal government and industry representation, will make key decisions on the future management of the Program and ensure the Program continues to run effectively and efficiently.

The Board is committed to keeping the banana industry informed on Board outcomes and growers will have the opportunity to provide input into the Board through their ABGC representative.

For further information on the Board, please visit Panama TR4 Program Management Board.

The Panama TR4 Program is located in Moresby Queensland. Contact us (07) 4091 8140 or panamatr4@daf.qld.gov.au.