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National Banana Freckle Eradication Program

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.

For more information about the program call the Hotline on 1800 771 163 or email banana@nt.gov.au

Background information and answers to commonly asked questions can be found in Frequently Asked Questions.

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» Regrowth: Have your banana plants regrown?

Make an online booking for a field team to treat banana plant regrowth. 

Treatment of regrowth is free of charge.

Regrowth booking form

» Banana Variety Survey: 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 succesfully eradicated Banana Freckle from the NT.

Take the survey, selecting the banana varieties you would like to grow, and register your interest in being involved in the sentinel planting program.

To learn more about banana varieties, click here.

 

An interview with Kevin Cooper, State Coordinator

City of Palmerston Deputy Lord Mayor Heather Malone chats with Kevin Cooper. View video on YouTube

Green Zone Surveillance Continues

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]