The Courier-Mail

New banana outbreak

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ONE hectare of crops will be cleared at a far north Queensland banana farm where a devastatin­g fungal disease has been found for a second time this year.

Robson’s Bananas at Tully will be allowed to continue harvesting under strict biosecurit­y measures after the second discovery of the soil-borne Panama TR-4 was confirmed on Thursday. The most recent detection comes after 10ha were destroyed following positive tests in March.

Biosecurit­y Queensland chief biosecurit­y officer Dr Jim Thompson said the new discovery of the infected plant 1km from the initial outbreak was disappoint­ing.

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