DPI Banana Industry Development Officer Matt Weinert and Woolgoolga banana grower Jeff Eggins.
DPI Banana Industry Development Officer Matt Weinert and Woolgoolga banana grower Jeff Eggins. Contributed

Chance for growers to go bananas on latest information

A WORKSHOP for North Coast banana growers will provide the latest information on management issues.

The workshop is being hosted by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Tweed Brunswick Banana Growers Association and will be held at Burringbar on February 17. 

DPI Banana Industry Development Officer Matt Weinert said the workshop will provide growers with information on a range of topics including:

  • Tropical race 4 Panama disease,
  • leaf and soil analysis,
  • nematode identification and management and
  • banana plant nutrition.

"With the recent outbreak of Tropical race 4 Panama disease in north Queensland, this topic is very timely and growers need to be aware of this debilitating disease in order to help protect the NSW banana industry," Mr Weinert said. 

"Maintaining best practice is vital for growers and the session on banana plant nutrition will demonstrate the importance of optimal nutrition to maintain high quality production all year round. 

"During the morning there will be an exhibitor's area, with information available direct from suppliers on a range of topics, machinery, organics, financial advice and succession planning.  

"The workshop provides an opportunity for growers, consultants and members of the horticultural industry to come together, share information, and build industry relationships." 

Workshop details

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, February 17 from 8.00 am to 12 noon. 

The venue is the Burringbar District Sports Club, Fourth Avenue, Burringbar.  

Light refreshments will be provided. 

To RSVP or for information on the workshop contact Matt Weinert on 0438 644 136 or email matt.weinert@dpi.nsw.gov.au



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