Understanding the challenges of Panama disease on farms

News release | 26-Apr-2019

Biosecurity Queensland and the Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) want to hear how Panama disease tropical race 4 (Panama TR4) has affected banana growers and their farms.

Panama TR4 Program Leader, Rhiannon Evans said that over the past four years, growers had faced a lot of challenges while protecting their farms from this disease.

“We want growers to have their say about the impacts of Panama TR4 so that we can make sure we are doing the best we can to assist them and the broader banana industry in managing this threat in the future,” Ms Evans said.

“We have engaged an independent, Queensland-based research organisation to look at and analyse these impacts.

“Proof Research is contacting growers about volunteering to be interviewed. Their responses will remain completely confidential. Participating growers will be compensated for their time. Feedback from the interviews will be used to guide future strategies to benefit the industry.”

ABGC Chair, Stephen Lowe, said this was an ideal opportunity for growers to have their say on one of the industry’s biggest issues.

“Panama TR4 is here to stay, so we need growers’ feedback,” he said. “I know time is valuable, but if growers can take part in this survey, I’d encourage them to do so.”

Your valuable input will guide the development of future engagement strategies to manage Panama TR4. To take part, contact Proof Research on 0419 706 801 or by email rhonda@proofresearch.com.au

Media contact: DAF Media, media@daf.qld.gov.au