The permit is extremely important as it allows Plant Health Inspectors to know where banana plants are, so they can monitor the plants for signs of Banana Freckle.
Allora Gardens Nursery have obtained, under permit, 350 disease-free lady finger banana plantlets, from accredited interstate suppliers located in areas free of Banana Freckle, to supply local residents and growers.
The National Banana Freckle Eradication Program is Australias largest cost-sharing emergency plant pest response under the National Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed to date and involves Federal, State, industry and community support.
Eradicating Banana Freckle will ensure backyard growers and the commercial industry can grow healthy plants in the future.
The National Banana Freckle Eradication Program has reached another major milestone, with all banana plant regrowth removed from within the six Red Zones across the Top End.
Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries Willem Westra van Holthe applauded Territorians for their ongoing commitment to eradicating Banana Freckle.
One property at Humpty Doo was found with 75 banana plants which have since tested positive to Banana Freckle. Two of the properties were also found to be growing banana plants after the end of the October re-growth deadline; its now very likely the entire community surrounding these properties will have to delay their re-planting which is extremely disappointing and not fair to those who have done the right thing.
The Australian Banana Growers Council (ABGC) has thanked Territorians for their efforts in protecting the national and local industry from the devastating impacts of Banana Freckle.
Students at The Essington School were among 41,500 front line defenders across Northern Territory Red Zones who helped us in the fight against Banana Freckle, Minister Westra van Holthe said.
The National Banana Freckle Eradication Program is Australia s largest ever plant pest eradication response.