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Banana growers weigh up levy to fight disease

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The NSW banana industry is looking at supporting a national industry levy if assurances are given to finance control of diseases such as bunchy top.

Local growers were reluctant to support the levy the first time around last year, but they are now warming to the idea following assurances of funds for disease control.

Chairman of Bananas NSW Nicky Singh says many banana growers would welcome a study to look at ways of eradicating the disease.

"If we can eradicate it from the Australian mainland it would be a first anywhere in the world," he said.

"That's what we're aiming for, it can be done if the growers cooperate."

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