Program

A two-day, not-to-be-missed program

The 2019 Congress will feature two, jam-packed days of grower-focused presentations. From the latest in R&D and industry news, to motivation, the retail landscape and a glimpse into the future – you’ll find it all at the 2019 Congress.

The program will be complemented by optional tours, a trade show, networking events and, of course, the 2019 Banana Ball.

The Gold Coast location also provides many exciting opportunities for our Partner’s Program and easy access to entertainment for the whole family.

Preliminary program now available!

Wednesday 22 May
1000 – 1500 Site visits – optional extra

1700 – 1900 Welcome Reception
Thursday 23 May
0830 – 0845 Official opening ceremony
Paul Inderbitzin
0845 – 0915 Opening keynote address
Shane Webcke
0915 – 1015 Global Banana Trade Trends
Marc Jackson, Special Project Manager, Fyffes Bananas International
Wayne Prowse, Principal and Senior Analyst, Fresh Intelligence Consulting
1015 – 1030 Q&A with Marc Jackson and Wayne Prowse
1030 – 1100 Morning Tea
1100 – 1130 Banana Marketing
Hort Innovation
1130 – 1200 Bernard Salt AM, leading media commentator, demographer and global trends expert
1200 – 1215 Q&A with Bernard Salt AM
1230 – 1330 Lunch
1330 – 1400 Dr Bruce Campbell, former Chief Operating Officer, NZ Plant and Food Research
1400 – 1500 Science Speed Talks
1500 – 1530 Afternoon Tea
1530 – 1700 Future of bananas and R&D
Distinguished Professor James Dale, Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities, Queensland University of Technology
Stewart Lindsay, DAF Team Leader, Banana Production Systems
Dr Paul Dennis, ecology, microbiology, plan and soil science, School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University of Queensland
1730 – 1930 Exhibition Evening
Friday 24 May
0830 – 0900 Exporting Success in Australian Horticulture
0900 – 0920 Value Adding
0920 – 1000 Growing your business and dealing with change
1000 – 1030 Morning Tea
1030 – 1050 Living and farming with TR4
Mark Smith, Farm Manager, Darwin Fruit Farm
1050 – 1120 Discussion panel – Living with TR4
Mark Smith, Farm Manager, Darwin Fruit Farm
Gavin and Stephen Mackay, Mackays, Tully
1120 – 1200 Grower Innovation Panel – Learn from four banana growers trialling innovative farming practices
Peter Inderbitzin (Lakeland) Bunch cableway/composting
Rob Zahra (Innisfail) High efficiency sediment basin
Mark Nucifora (Innisfail) Track bagging machine
Matt and Ben Abbott (Innisfail) Slashing machine
1200 – 1230 Grower Innovation discussion
1230 – 1415 Lunch
1415 – 1445 Speaker to be announced
1445 – 1530 Closing speaker
Rachael Robertson – led Australian expedition to Antartica, the second female to lead a team at Davis Station and the youngest ever leader to Antartica
1530 – 1545 Q&A with Rachel Robertson
1545 – 1600 Closing ceremony
1900 – late Banana Industry Ball and Awards of Honour
MC – Paul Inderbitzin
Awards presenter – Georgina Lewis
Comedian to be announced. Stay tuned!