Banana growers may accept voluntary levy to help diseased FNQ farms

Banana growers unaffected by a destructive fungal disease are being asked to chip in and pay a levy to help keep the infected farms afloat.

The Australian Banana Growers' Council chair Doug Phillips, floated the idea of a voluntary levy at three industry meetings in Queensland this week and said most of the 400 or so growers who attended the meetings were "generally supportive".

The payment would see one cent for every kilogram of fruit marketed being redirected to the North Queensland farms struck down with the Panama Tropical Race 4 disease.

So far, two FNQ plantations have tested positive for the ruinous soil-borne fungus disease which attacks the banana plant and not the fruit.

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