Whether you call beautiful Far North Queensland home for a few days, months,

or even years, you can play your part to be Panama TR4 ready. 

How you can help protect our banana industry

Panama disease is the greatest threat to banana production worldwide. There’s a lot at stake – 95% of Australia’s bananas are grown in Far North Queensland. This industry supports our vibrant community with jobs and produce.

Here’s some tips on how you can be Panama TR4 ready – click on the circles to find out more:

Spread the word - not the disease

Talk to people. Let them know we have a disease that could have a huge impact on our banana industry and our community.

  • Educate children to not cut through banana farms when playing 
  • Tell visitors not to enter banana farms – even to take a photo!
  • Let people know who are looking for work to call the grower first – never enter a banana farm without permission
  • And if you visit a banana farm with permission, always follow farm rules.

Panama TR4 is easily spread – it can take only one speck of contaminated soil on a pair of shoes to spread the disease. Read more on the  Panama TR4 Frequently Asked Questions factsheet.

Biosecurity is everyone’s responsibility.

By working together – community, government, and industry – we can help our banana growers in the fight against Panama TR4. 

Use the hashtag and show how you’re getting #PanamaTR4ready