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:
Learn more about Panama TR4 - watch this short animated video
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