Code of Practice for the management of Panama TR4
Panama disease tropical race 4 (Panama TR4) is a serious banana disease that poses a significant threat to Queensland’s banana production and the livelihoods of growers and those in the banana supply chain.
Working together to manage Panama TR4
Since 2015, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Australian Banana Growers’ Council and growers have worked together to control and contain the disease through surveillance, compliance, communication and education measures.
From 1 July 2023, industry has taken the lead role in the ongoing management of Panama TR4 in Queensland.
Code of Practice
The Code of Practice for the ongoing management and control of Panama disease tropical race 4 on an infested property in Queensland was developed by the banana industry and came into force on 1 July 2023.
The Code outlines the measures commercial banana producers should take to manage Panama TR4 if they are affected by the disease.
The adoption of the Code will see a more streamlined regulatory approach for the transition to the banana industry’s ongoing management of Panama TR4.
It has been adopted under the Biosecurity Act 2014 through amendments to the Biosecurity Regulation 2016.