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Information for banana farm workers and contractors

Panama TR4 has changed the way banana farms in Far North Queensland operate. Many growers have implemented strict biosecurity entry and exit procedures to protect their farms and the industry from this serious disease.

If you visit a banana farm for work - like fixing a tractor, taking a soil sample, or some routine maintenance, it is important you follow the farmer’s biosecurity measures to prevent the spread of Panama TR4.

We have a range of resources available to help you prepare for your next farm visit:

Got a job to do on a banana farm

This guide will help contractors and farm workers better understand the disease and how to stop its spread. It includes a step by step guide for cleaning vehicles and equipment for Panama TR4.

Got a job to do on a banana farm?

Shed posters

Put these in your tea room or other strategic places to remind your staff not to spread Panama TR4.

Contact us for A1 size (841 mm x 594 mm) versions on 07 4091 8140 or email panamatr4@daf.qld.gov.au.

Learn more about Panama TR4

The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries have partnered with a number of agencies to focus on a variety of Panama disease tropical race 4 research projects.

Panama education sessions

Free Panama education information sessions are available. They can be held at your workplace or ours and are tailored to suit participants. Sessions include information about the disease, your general biosecurity obligation and decontamination processes.

There’s also an accredited course developed in collaboration with Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges which has two training modules that contribute to a Cert III qualification in Rural Operations at a cost of $200. This course contains theory and practical components.

Contact us on 07 4091 8140 or email panamatr4@daf.qld.gov.au to book or to find out more.

PowerPoint presentation

Keep your eye out for our downloadable PowerPoint presentation coming soon! The presentation is designed for farmers and contractors and provides:

  • general information about Panama TR4
  • what is being done to protect the banana industry
  • how you can help.

Be Panama TR4 ready

We’ve been visiting growers, talking through their requirements about preparing and/or protecting their farms from Panama TR4.

By putting in place strong biosecurity measures, growers can resume trading quickly if the disease is detected on their property.

We can help you to develop practices and processes that work best on your farm. If you’d like us to visit your farm contact the Panama TR4 Program on (07) 4091 8140 or panamatr4@daf.qld.gov.au.

We all have a role to play to protect our banana industry from Panama TR4. Learn how you can be Panama TR4 ready by visiting the PanamaTR4ready website

How are you getting Panama TR4 ready? Share on social media how you are getting ready – don’t forget to use the hashtag - #PanamaTR4ready