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Banana Freckle in the Territory

Banana Freckle is a disease caused by a fungus (Phyllosticta cavendishii) which infects the leaves and fruits of all varieties of bananas. In 2013 Banana Freckle was found in different varieties of banana plants across the Top End of the Northern Territory. Under the National Banana Freckle Eradication Program, $26 million has been allocated to help eradicate Banana Freckle from the Territory by 2017.

Eradicating Banana Freckle means Australians can grow and eat clean and healthy bananas in the future. Bananas are one of Australia’s most popular fruits, and the banana industry employs thousands of people around Australia. 

If Banana Freckle spreads it will be seriously damaging for backyard and commercial growers.

Banana Freckle only survives on living banana plants. With the destruction of all banana plants in the Red Zones in the Top End the fungus cannot survive. The use of fungicides is expensive and does not eradicate Banana Freckle.

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Are you interested in the Sentinel Planting Program?

Are you interested in taking part in the Sentinel Planting Program after 1 May 2016?   The Sentinel Planting Program will help us determine if we have successfully eradicated Banana Freckle from the NT.

Take the survey  and register an Expression of Interest in being involved in the sentinel planting program.

To learn more about banana varieties, click here.

Students win Freckle cartoon competition

Media Release - 7 October 2015

Two lucky school students have won prizes for correctly guessing the answers to the National Banana Freckle Eradication Program students' cartoon competition.

Jack Thomas aged 12 from Malak, and Harry Jennings aged 13 from Berry Springs each won a voucher worth $150.

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Australian banana industry thanks Territorians

Media Release - 24 September 2015

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.

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Read the ABGC media release