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Ongoing project

Biosecurity and sustainability in the Banana Industry (BA19005)

Key research provider: ABGC

What’s it all about?

This investment follows the completed Banana strategic industry development manager (BA16008). Like its predecessor it supports the role and activities of Industry Strategic Manager (ISM) Michelle McKinlay within the Australian Banana Grower’s Council. The ISM works with growers to develop, implement and respond to industry-related strategies and policies, and provides support for the adoption of new practices to align with these strategies.

The project has a particular focus on biosecurity and the environment – two priority areas identified in the Banana Strategic Investment Plan. This dual focus responds to the banana industry’s need to both be prepared for exotic pest and disease incursions, and to adopt best management practices on-farm to improve the water quality of the Great Barrier Reef.

As a result of this project, banana growers will be informed and engaged in stakeholder discussions; be better prepared to deal with biosecurity threats; and maintain their ‘social license’ to farm in close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. The project communicates regularly with growers, including through levy-funded channels such as the Australian Bananas magazine.

Related levy funds

This program is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Banana Fund