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    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Campaign kicks off to get FNQ community Panama TR-4 ready

    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Friday, July 13, 2018

    Campaign kicks off to get FNQ community Panama TR-4 ready

    Far North Queenslanders are being asked to help protect our banana industry by being Panama TR4 ready.

    Minister for Agriculture Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said while most growers in the region were already implementing good farm practices, there was still more work to be done by the broader community.

    “We can’t be complacent or take any chances. Everyone has a role to play in supporting our banana industry and preventing any further spread of Panama disease,” Mr Furner said.

    “From Sunday, you’ll see an advertising campaign developed by Biosecurity Queensland which will feature in local television, newspaper and radio advertisements, on social media, and on a dedicated website giving people information.

    “We’re asking everyone to visit panamatr4ready.com.auand learn more what you can do to help protect our industry.

    “There are some clear and simple actions for the general public and farm contractors, such as not entering banana farms without permission, coming clean and leaving clean from farms, and reporting any sick-looking plants immediately.

    “Growers with robust on-farm biosecurity plans already in place minimise the risk of spreading the disease both within and off their properties if it was ever detected.”

    The Minister said Panama TR4 had the potential to have a huge impact on our banana industry and severely affect livelihoods.

    “We want our growers to keep selling bananas and continue to support our thriving Far North Queensland community,” he said.

    “Please familiarise yourself with the information provided through this community campaign and you can do your bit to protect the industry and the local economy.”

    “The Panama TR4 Program continues to work with the owners of the two operating infested properties and monitor the non-operating infested property, while surveillance continues on high and medium risk properties in the region.

    If you suspect Panama disease in your plants, report it immediately to Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23. To find out more about Panama disease tropical race 4 visit www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au.

    Panama TR4 is not harmful to humans and does not affect the fruit. Bananas are still good to eat.

    Media: Brock Taylor - 0427 018 178