Ted Knoblock with some of his Geckho?s bananas. Banana packing and grading will be a major component of next Wednesday?s major
Ted Knoblock with some of his Geckho?s bananas. Banana packing and grading will be a major component of next Wednesday?s major

Green bananas topical



GECKHO'S bananas will be one of the topics on the agenda at the southern banana industry's annual field day on Wednesday, July 27.

The field day will be held on Ted and Liz Knoblock's 169 South Boambee Road plantation and Ted Knoblock will be talking about his and other growers' experiences in marketing the environmentally-friendly Geckho's bananas.

Geckho's growers are committed to a quality-controlled growing regime which avoids the use of systemic chemicals. Geckho's growers markets subtropical bananas under the Geckho's brand to shops, fruit barns and smaller supermarkets in Newcastle, Sydney and Canberra.

Mr Knoblock said the Geckho's growers were currently getting a substantial premium for their fruit, as banana prices generally were low, but they had found it difficult to get a premium last year when banana prices were high.

The group, which Mr Knoblock helped to form early in 2004 'because the industry was in dire straits', also has a website outlining their growing methods and accreditation procedures.

The field day is being sponsored by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI), Bananas NSW and the Southern Banana Growers' Association and will be held on the Knoblock's property from 9.30am to 3pm.

It will include a free barbecue lunch.

Inquiries Greig Ireland 6650 3111.



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