Banana disease can't be eradicated: Byrne

The devastating Panama disease found on a north Queensland banana farm cannot be eradicated, state Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne says.

Speaking during a budget estimates hearing about the government’s response to the disease after it was discovered on a Tully Valley farm earlier in July, Mr Byrne said the disease could not be wiped out.

“It is important that the committee appreciate that Panama tropical race 4 is considered to be not technically feasible for eradication and as such there are no national cost-sharing arrangements,” he said on Friday.

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