In 2013 a new strain of banana freckle was found in the NT that infects a wide range of banana varieties. Banana freckle will have a serious impact on commercial banana production and backyard plants if it becomes established in Australia.
The Territory only has a limited number of heavily infected sites. Red zones have been declared where banana freckle has been found. The green zone is the area that has no banana freckle.
We can eradicate banana freckle, but we need to act now before it becomes more established, starts to cause more damage and spreads more broadly across the Territory and Australia.
Banana freckle cannot be eradicated by fungicides, even when applied very frequently. The only way to eradicate banana freckle is to destroy all of the banana plants in the red zones, as the disease can only survive on live banana plants.
A national biosecurity response is underway to eradicate banana freckle from the Territory and Australia. This involves destroying all banana plants from the six red zones by April 2015.
No banana plants or fruit are taken out of the red zones to avoid spreading the disease. During the Eradication Program no banana plants or fruit can be moved out of the Northern Territory.
Replacement Banana Varieties - Your Say
The Banana Freckle Eradication Program’s planning for the controlled replanting stage in the Red Zones is underway.
Part of that planning is finding out what varieties people are hoping to plant after April 2016.
This information will assist to inform nurseries about which plants to grow in preparation for the replanting stage in the Red Zones.
To check if you live in a Red Zone click here
To fill in the survey click here.
The Banana Freckle Eradication Program field crews will be working in Palmerston suburbs on Saturday March 7 to help with treating plants and removing trees. There will also be an information booth on University Drive and Palmerston Bunnings. To learn more about the program sooner, there will be an inormation booth at the Palmerston shopping centre on Saturday February 28, and at the Palmerston Library on Thursday March 5.
The Banana Freckle Eradication Program has completed surveillance on more than 33,000 properties in the Red Zones, to identify the presence or absence of banana plants.
The Banana Freckle teams are working in these areas:
Anyone who does not have any banana plants, or who has already destroyed their banana plants, can notify the Banana Freckle Hotline on 1800 771 163.
Surveillance is being conducted in green zones around the Northern Territory to identify properties with bananas and to check for the presence of Banana Freckle - to ensure this serious plant disease does not spread outside Red Zones. [read more]
Ramingining will soon become the second of six Red Zones in the Northern Territory to destroy all banana plants as part of the National Banana Freckle Eradication Program. [read more]
To meet the target of complete destruction of banana plants in Red Zones by April 2015 the Banana Freckle Eradication Program is taking bookings for field teams to visit homes on Saturdays. [read more]
field crews will be working in Palmerston suburbs to help with treating plants and removing trees to the dump. There will also be a question and answer booth on University Drive and also Bunnings.