Panama TR4 Program Review

  • Authors : ACIL Allen Consulting,

  • Document type : Report

  • Year of publication : 2018

  • Pages : 70

  • Language(s) : English

  • Abstract : The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) commissioned ACIL Allen to review Biosecurity Queensland's Panama TR4 Program to establish on what basis it should continue. The Panama TR4 Program started as an emergency response to the identification of Panama TR4 in 2015. Once it was established that Panama TR4 could not be eradicated, the Panama TR4 Program shifted to control and containment and this is where it continues to focus under the Biosecurity Act 2014 (Qld). Based on desktop review, stakeholder consultation and economic analysis the key findings are:  The efforts of the Panama TR4 Program, government, industry and others have been successful in containing the impact of Panama TR4 to three sites in one location in the Tully Valley; The Panama TR4 Program has successfully established arrangements that allow infected properties to continue producing bananas and access/supply their markets; Through "buying time" for industry and regions to adapt to Panama TR4 the estimated net benefit of the Panama TR4 Program is $2,126.1 million in 2017-18 dollars which equates to a benefit-cost ratio of 39.2:1; Without the Panama TR4 Program it is likely the impact of Panama TR4 will be more widespread and happen sooner;  The Panama TR4 Program should therefore continue on the basis the industry and regions benefit from banana production; The Panama TR4 Program needs to be placed on a 3-5 year funding and planning horizon to operate effectively;  The current Panama TR4 Program objectives are well constructed reflecting the need to implement activities and simultaneously developing an enduring system with industry to do so;  All the Panama TR4 Program elements are required to deliver on the Panama TR4 Program's objectives and considerable effort has been put in place to develop the policies and procedures to implement them. This review makes the following recommendations to improve the Panama TR4 Program: 1. Establish a Partnership Agreement (MoU) to help build long term resilience between government and industry and clearly define the concept of shared responsibility; 2. Strengthen the role of the Panama TR4 Program Steering Committee to reflect the co-management of the Panama TR4 Program; 3. Transparently align the Panama TR4 Program's operational model and objectives so that the Panama TR4 Program's plan can be clearly demonstrated to stakeholders; 4. Update and publish the overall Strategy and Phases prior to the MoU development process; 5. Renew extension to banana growers and other directly affected businesses; 6. Industry must move towards an equal share of the costs of the Panama TR4 Program over the next 3- 5 years at which point it should be reviewed.


  • Open access : Yes

  • Document on publisher's site : open View article on publisher's site

  • Musalit document ID : IN190040

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