Banana growers go hi-tech

THE Australian Banana Growers' Council has gone hi-tech and online to provide up-to-date resources for the $350 million Australian banana industry.

ABGC president and local banana grower Nicky Singh said the upgraded website was a resource centre for growers as well as others involved in the industry or associated with it in some way.

“We aim to cover all bases with information for growers including levy forms and a crop forecasting portal, news and information for media, recipes for cooks, and facts for school students as well as links to other industry-related websites,” Mr Singh said.

The website includes information about the banana industry, ABGC board and directors, biennial congress on June 4-6 this year at the Gold Coast, marketing, levy collections, media releases and publications, and industry initiatives such as the annual Mort Johnston Scholarship.

There is also tools to build an understanding about banana supplies from North Queensland, the largest growing area, by summarising weekly transport figures showing fluctuations including during heavy rain in February this year and extended shortages following Cyclone Larry in 2006.

In the future it is planned that the website may include a weekly market reporting facility.

“ABGC is the voice of the Australian banana industry funded by growers through a 3c/carton voluntary levy and we urge all growers to ensure they are paying their way,” Mr Singh said.

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