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Uganda: Banana disease hits Ntungamo

Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 24, 2020
At least 60,000 hectares of banana plantations in Ntungamo District have been attacked by a deadly disease.
Plantations   Bananas
Fruit peel disease, which affects banana fruit, changing its colour from green to brown, was first reported in Rweikiniro Sub-county in January. However, it has since spread to sub-counties of Ntungamo, Nyakyera, Rwentobo and Rukoni East, and three divisions of Ntungamo Municipality.

Topics: Uganda banana

The district agriculture officer, Ms Esther Atwine, said because the disease is new, it has been difficult to control its spread. She added that the disease is threatening food security and income of the residents.

Mr Moses Sabiiti, an agriculture extension officer at Nyarutuntu Sub-county, said the disease is posing a big challenge to banana growing and that there are no proven measures to contain and eradicate it. “However, now that we know the name of the disease and the parasite, we hope to contain it,” Mr Sabiiti said in an interview.