Pre­vent­ing spread of Panama

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NEW re­motely read Er­gon En­ergy power me­ters are help­ing farm­ers fight Panama dis­ease in Queens­land’s north.

The govern­ment is rolling out the dig­i­tal de­vices over the com­ing months, with Er­gon En­ergy due to in­stall up to 600 me­ters at sites in the Tully and In­n­is­fail ar­eas.

En­ergy Min­is­ter Mark Bai­ley said in light of Panama TR4 biose­cu­rity con­cerns and strict quar­an­tine mea­sures, Er­gon En­ergy made the de­ci­sion to stop all en­try of their con­tract me­ter read­ers onto farms.

“Dig­i­tal me­ters are a sig­nif­i­cant step in pre­vent­ing the spread of Panama dis­ease, which is a threat to the re­gion’s im­por­tant ba­nana in­dus­try,” Mr Bai­ley said.

“The me­ters will be read re­motely us­ing the 3G/4G telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion net­works.

“The dig­i­tal me­ters will also al­low faster ac­cess to data – this can be used by farm­ers to make bet­ter de­ci­sions on tar­iff op­tions and im­prove their en­ergy con­sump­tion.”

For in­for­ma­tion call Er­gon En­ergy on 13 74 66.

PHOTO: ANNA ROGERS

GOOD MOVE: New re­motely ac­cessed en­ergy me­ters will help in the fight against Panama dis­ease.

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