Bunchy Top banana outbreak

The most southerly outbreak of Bunchy Top disease in decades is posing a threat to banana plantations in the Richmond Valley.

The discovery of an outbreak of the disease on a commercial banana plantation at Numulgi was dealt with swiftly by inspectors from the NSW Department of Primary Industries, but they are warning banana growers and residents with backyard bananas to remain vigilant.

Plants affected by Bunchy Top have shorter, narrower, bunched-up leaves that can be a bit yellow and turned up at the edges. The disease can be spread by aphids or with planting materials such as banana suckers.

Residents and growers are also reminded they must have a permit to plant even one banana. To discuss any Bunchy Tops queries with an inspector phone the Murwillumbah DPI on 6672 2770.


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