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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Agriculture Minister says banana disease can be controlled

Agriculture Minister Angel Estevez says the Black Sigatoka disease that is threatening to destroy thousands of banana plantations, is “controllable and normal”. Agriculture Minister Angel Estevez says the Black Sigatoka disease that is threatening to destroy thousands of banana plantations, is “controllable and normal”.
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Dec. 18, CMC – Agriculture Minister Angel Estevez says the Black Sigatoka disease that is threatening to destroy thousands of banana plantations, is “controllable and normal”.

Black SigatokaEstevez made the statement following a warning from the National Association of Agricultural Professionals (ANPA) about the disease that is posing a threat to thousands of banana plantations,

“There’s absolutely nothing to worry about,” Estevez said, adding that whenever there is a lot of rain the fungus multiplies, but once the rain stops it disappears.

Estevez noted that Black Sigatoka, is a disease that has been in the Dominican Republic for many years.

He said technicians will start distributing a fungicide to control it and affirmed that they are already working to deliver it to affected farmers.

The Agriculture Minister also assured t he public that there should not be a shortage of bananas.

“There’s banana by the bundles here to sustain the entire national population and to spare, in four or five months we will have the country planted again,” he said.

Last modified onTuesday, 20 December 2016 04:47
  • Countries: CARICOM