NORTH Qld banana growers have the chance to find out more about the process of zoning, in order to slow the spread of Panama disease tropical race 4 (TR4).
Panama TR4 program leader, Rhiannon Evans, said zoning aimed to prevent the spread of disease by controlling the movement of soil or other disease carriers within farms and at the front gate.
“Zoning is essentially dividing a property into two or three different areas, such as exclusion and separation zones, so the vehicles used in one area, for example, do not enter another if they are at risk of spreading disease,” Ms Evans said.
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“It is the foundation of effective biosecurity and is critical to trading with Panama TR4,” she added.
Ms Evans said the workshop would provide growers with practical examples and advice on applying this method to their own properties, or help them improve what is already in place.
“We’ll provide growers with a map of their own farm so we can get down to the nitty-gritty of how this can work for them,” she said.
“There will be informative presentations featuring real-life examples, as well as an opportunity to talk to experts one-on-one.
“Panama TR4 isn’t going anywhere, so growers need to do what they can to be prepared.”
Australian Banana Growers’ Council chair, Stephen Lowe, urged growers to attend.
“I’d encourage any grower who is able to attend to make the most of this worthwhile opportunity,” Mr Lowe said.
“The simple steps you take to improve your on-farm biosecurity now could prove invaluable in the future.”
Date: November 8, 2018
Time: 4pm to 6pm
Venue: Silkwood Hotel, 1 Edward Street Silkwood