INDIA: NRCB in all-out fight against Panama disease in Cavendish banana crops

by D Vincent Arockiaraj, times of india



Cavendish banana comprises 60% of the total banana cultivation in India. Recently, Fusarium wilt has begun infecting Cavendish banana cultivation across the country, said director of the National Research Centre for Banana (NRCB), Trichy, Dr S Uma.


Speaking at a meeting to celebrate the 23{+r}{+d} ‘Foundation Day’ of the centre on Sunday, Dr Uma said the centre is taking all necessary steps to wipe out the disease and has convened a meeting in which all stakeholders participated.


An integrated approach to find a solution to the recent emergence of Fusarium Wilt and leaf spot disease on banana cultivation was the focal point of discussion at the meeting.


Various ways and means were discussed during the day which was celebrated as ‘Banana Farmers’ day.


A scientist at the meeting said Fusarium Wilt is a major hurdle in banana cultivation which leads to premature ripening of fruits in the field, causing major loss to farmers.


Source: times of india

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