Department checks NSW farms for banana freckle

Tweed's bananas will get checked.
Tweed's bananas will get checked.

THE DEPARTMENT of Primary Industries will be conducting surveillance of Tweed banana plantations to support the national response to the recent banana freckle incursion in the Northern Territory.

Between this Monday and Friday, DPI officers will visit plantations in the banana protected area that extends from Murwillumbah to Nambucca Heads.

No specific dates have been released for visits to the Tweed shire.

DPI director of plant biosecurity Dr Satendra Kumar said the DPI is asking for grower co-operation for authorised officers to undertake surveillance of plantations.

"As banana freckle is an exotic plant disease, DPI has an obligation under the Plant Diseases Act to determine if it is present in NSW," Dr Kumar said.

"It is hoped that this surveillance program will confirm NSW is free of banana freckle."

If growers suspect either banana freckle or Panama disease tropical race 4, or see any other unusual symptoms on plants they are asked to phone 1800084881.

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