Biosecurity Queensland quarantined a second commercial banana farm after one of the plants tested positive for tropical race 4. Chief Biosecurity Officer Jim Thompson told Australia's ABC Rural that the entire farm will be surveyed and any infected plants will be destroyed. The farm is located near Mareeba,180 km from the first infected property in the Tully valley. BQ will investigate whether there are any links between the two affected properties.
On March 28, the 10 infected plants on the first property, plus another 200 surrounding plants, were destroyed. The plan is to destroy the entire infested area of 10 hectares.