Tests con­firm banana bug

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

FUR­THER test­ing has con­firmed the pres­ence of the dev­as­tat­ing Panama dis­ease on a North Queens­land banana plan­ta­tion.

Panama trop­i­cal race 4 was dis­cov­ered on a Cavendish banana prop­erty ear­lier in July, near the prop­erty that was first in­fected in the Tully Valley in 2015. Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Bill Byrne said Biose­cu­rity Queens­land staff were mon­i­tor­ing on- farm ac­tiv­ity and help­ing the prop­erty own­ers to con­tain the in­fec­tion. “Biose­cu­rity Queens­land will en­sure that the af­fected busi­ness can con­tinue to op­er­ate as seam­lessly as pos­si­ble while we min­imise the risk to the rest of the in­dus­try,” he said in a state­ment yes­ter­day. “The own­ers had al­ready es­tab­lished high stan­dards of biose­cu­rity on their farm and have shown a pro­fes­sional and proac­tive ap­proach to man­age­ment of the dis­ease.”

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