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Information for banana farm workers and contractors about Panama TR4

Banana farms in Far North Queensland have changed the way they operate due to Panama TR4. Many growers have implemented strict biosecurity entry and exit procedures to protect their farms and the industry from this serious disease.

If you visit a banana farm for work—like fixing a tractor, taking a soil sample, or some routine maintenance, you must follow the farmer's biosecurity measures to prevent the spread of Panama TR4.

Visit the Panama TR4 website to find out more about working on banana farms in Far North Queensland.

Use the resources below to help you prepare for your next farm visit.

Guidance if you've got a job to do on a banana farm

If you are a farm worker or contractor, download Got a job to do on a banana farm? to help you better understand Panama disease and how to stop its spread. The guide includes a step-by-step guide for cleaning vehicles and equipment to prevent the spread of Panama TR4.

Information posters

Use these information posters to remind you how to prevent the spread of Panama TR4.

Understanding the current situation of Panama TR4

Panama education sessions

We offer free Panama TR4 education sessions at workplaces or at the Panama TR4 program office in Moresby. We tailor sessions to suit participants, including information on:

  • panama disease
  • your general biosecurity obligation
  • decontamination processes when working on banana farms.

We’ve also developed an accredited course in collaboration with Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges containing 2 training modules, which contribute to a Certificate III in Rural Operations for $200. This course contains both theory and practical components.

Contact us on 07 4091 8140 or email panamatr4@daf.qld.gov.au to book or find out more.

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