Tanzania: Experts On Deadly Banana Disease Lookout

Tanzania’s agriculture researchers are on high alert to contain the outbreak of a deadly banana disease, said to wipe-out 100 per cent of a plantation.

The disease, Fusarium wilt Tropical Race 4 (TR4) affecting Cavendish banana has already been reported in northern Mozambique — near the country’s southern border.

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Plant Virologist, Dr James Legg said Fusarium – Panama disease – is more deadly than the TR1, currently ravaging banana plantations in Kagera. “The best way of battling the disease is to contain it in Mozambique.

Hence stopping it from spreading to other countries,” Dr Legg told the ‘Daily News.’ He said that the disease spreads through infected planting material, soil and water, and it is widely recognised as the greatest threat to banana production.

Source: Angola Press News Agency