Gov't, private sector cooperate to control banana disease

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna ,Philippines – The government and the private sector have joined hands to control a plant disease that has been threatening to devastate the local banana industry.

In a recent meeting here, representatives of government research and development (R&D) institutions, an international agency, and the banana industry discussed short- and long-term strategies to fight the Panama disease or Fusarium wilt, which has been adversely affecting banana plantations in Mindanao

Represented in the dialogue were the Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA), Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD), Bioversity International (BI), Pontmain Resources Inc., and Techno-Market Consolidators Inc.

Among the immediate steps recommended to neutralize Fusarium wilt is a two-pronged approach: early detection and monitoring and eradication.

See full article at The Philippine Star.