Life with TR4 is tough, but possible for banana growers

Ashley Walmsley
By Ashley Walmsley
Updated June 17 2019 - 6:08am, first published June 5 2019 - 9:00am
STILL GOING: Mark Smith, farm manager, Darwin Fruit Farms, NT with Gavin and Stephen Mackay, Mackay Farming Group, Tully, Qld, during the Australian Banana Industry Congress panel session on living with Panama TR4.

BANANA growers have been told that it is possible to live with the crop disease, Panama Tropical Race 4, but it's hard work.

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Ashley Walmsley

Ashley Walmsley

Editor, Good Fruit & Vegetables

For more than a decade, Ashley Walmsley has written about Australian agriculture. Having grown up on his parents smallcrops, cane and cattle property in Queensland, but clearly unable to grow anything himself, it was a natural progression for him to pursue a career writing about rural industries. He is currently the editor of Fairfax Media’s only national, fresh produce magazine, Good Fruit & Vegetables, while also covering horticulture stories for the agricultural papers and websites. When not writing about vegetables, fruits and nuts, Ashley enjoys playing and discussing video games from a simpler time, and doing impersonations of ABC radio presenters.

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