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Find project updates and see your levy at work in the latest Hortlink
New, ongoing and recently completed projects
Recently completed R&D projects
Read about recently completed projects for the banana industry below, and in more detail in Hortlink.
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Scoping herbicide impacts on banana production and soil health
Project Code: BA13002
Status: Completed project
This projects sought to understand how registered herbicides for the banana industry may affect soil health, and how this, in turn, may relate to banana productivity.
Communications project for the banana industry
Banana plant protection program
New and ongoing R&D projects
Information on current R&D projects can be found below, with specific project updates and outputs available in Hortlink 2017, edition 2
Coordination of banana industry research and development (Panama TR4)
Project Code: BA14012
Status: Ongoing project
The objective of this project is to coordinate the industry’s efforts, and build the knowledge and capacity, to manage and contain the Panama Tropical Race 4 (Panama TR4) fungal disease, first identified in Queensland in March 2015. The Australian Banana Growers’ Council’s Dr Rosie Godwin is employed under this project as the Banana Industry R&D Manager, to ensure R&D on Panama TR4 has tangible outcomes for banana growers that are adopted on-farm.
Fusarium wilt Tropical Race 4 – biosecurity and sustainable solutions
Integrated management of Yellow Sigatoka
Cause and management of crown rot of banana
The Australian banana industry communications program
Banana strategic industry development
NSW banana industry development officer
Improved plant protection for the banana industry
National banana bunchy top virus program – Phase 3 – QLD and National banana bunchy top virus program – Phase 3 – NSW
Fusarium wilt Tropical Race 4 research program
Horticulture Nuffield Scholarships 2016/2017/2018
Banana industry congress 2017
Strengthening the banana industry diagnostic capacity
Banana industry minor use program
Review of the national biosecurity plan for the banana industry
National banana development and extension project
Information on recent marketing activity can be found on the banana page of Hortlink 2017, edition 2.
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Banana Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021
The Banana Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) will help guide Hort Innovation’s oversight and management of investment programs for the banana industry over the next five years. It lays the foundation for decision-making in levy investments and represents the balanced interests of the industry. The very important function of the SIP is to ensure levy investment decisions align with industry priorities.
The SIP was developed through a process of consultation, drafting, validation, stakeholder feedback as well as final approval by Hort Innovation’s Board. The process involved consultation meetings (detailed below) and online validation, giving banana growers opportunity to provide input and feedback.
If you have any questions about the development process of the SIP, please contact Hort Innovation's Banana Relationship Manager, Astrid Hughes, by phone on 0405 306 334 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completed consultation workshops on the Banana SIP
|Banana||Brisbane, QLD||May 6, 2016|
|Banana||Cairns, QLD||May 11, 2016|
|Banana||Teleconference||June 30, 2016|
|Banana||Cairns, QLD||October 31, 2016|
|Banana||Cairns, QLD||November 1, 2016|
|Banana||Teleconference||November 7, 2016|
|Banana||South Johnstone, QLD||March 10, 2017|
|Banana||Cairns, QLD||March 24, 2017|
Strategic Investment Advisory Panel
The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the banana industry has been appointed. For further information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
|André Drenth^||University of Queensland||QLD|
|Cameron Mackay^||Mackays Bananas||QLD|
|David Tate^||Dave’s Bananas||NSW|
|Matt Abbott^||Barama Investments||QLD|
|Stewart Lindsay^||Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries||QLD|
|Doug Phillips^||Johnston River Produce||QLD|
|Stephen Spear^||SN Spear||NSW|
|Mark Nucifora^||Fiorito Bananas||QLD|
|Andrew Serra*||Serra Farming||QLD|
|Gary Fattore*||Costa Group||NSW|
|Paul Inderbitzin*||Kureen Farming||QLD|
|Peter Molenaar*||P and A Molenaar||NSW|
|Daniel Mackay*||Mackays Bananas||QLD|
SIAP meetings and summaries
|1 – Marketing||May 6, 2016||Brisbane, QLD||Download|
|2 – R&D||May 11, 2016||Cairns, QLD||Download|
|3 – R&D||July 27, 2016||Teleconference||Download|
|4||June 30, 2016||Teleconference||Download|
|5 - R&D||October 31, 2016||Cairns, QLD||Download|
|6 - Marketing||November 1, 2016||Cairns, QLD||Download|
|7 - Marketing||November 7, 2016||Teleconference||Download|
|8 - R&D||March 10, 2017||South Johnston, QLD||Download|
|9 - Marketing||March 24, 2017||Cairns, QLD||Download|
|10 - Marketing||June 28, 2017||Teleconference||Download|
^Panel members have been recruited for strategic research advisory purposes only. *Panel members have been recruited for strategic marketing advisory purposes only.