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Banana disease there to stay


AUSTRALIA: The devastatin­g Panama disease found on a north Queensland banana farm cannot be eradicated, state Agricultur­e Minister Bill Byrne says.

Speaking during a budget estimates hearing about the government’s response to the disease after it was discovered on a Tully Valley farm earlier in July, Byrne said the disease could not be wiped out. ’’It is important that the committee appreciate that Panama tropical race 4 is considered to be not technicall­y feasible for eradicatio­n and as such there are no national cost-sharing arrangemen­ts,’’ he said.

A Cavendish banana farm near the property that was first infected in Tully in 2015 tested positive for the disease this month. - AAP

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