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Panama TR4 presence confirmed on banana farm in Australia

Staff Writer |
Follow-up sample tests have confirmed the presence of Panama TR4 on a commercial banana farm in the Tully Valley, Australia.

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Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne, who is in Melbourne for the Agriculture Minister’s Forum AGMIN, said he was advised that a vegetative compatibility group test provided a final and conclusive result.

"The Palaszczuk Government understands the impact this positive result for Panama disease tropical race 4 will have on the producer involved, the industry and more broadly the community whose lives are intrinsically connected to the industry." Minister Byrne said.

"Biosecurity Queensland will ensure that the affected business can continue to operate as seamlessly as possible while we minimise the risk to the rest of the industry."

The Minister said the property owners were co-operating fully with the department.

"The owners had already established high standards of biosecurity on their farm and have shown a professional and proactive approach to management of the disease," he said.

"The effectiveness of the biosecurity measures implemented to date is supported by the knowledge that the latest detection is in close proximity to the first infected property and not in a new production area."

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