UGANDA: 11 districts hit with Strange banana disease.

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A strange disease has hit bananas in western region and is fast spreading in more than 10 districts with little or no response from government technocrats.

The disease, which agricultural experts have not defined, was first reported mid last year but intensified last month and has reached epidemic scale.

National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) scientists told Daily Monitor that the disease has not yet been characterised since it was first reported in July 2019.

The western region produces up to 68 per cent of the country’s banana output, according to the 2009 findings of Uganda National Bureau of Statistics.

Local farmers say technocrats and leaders have ignored them every time they approach them for help.
Mr Fred Ndagano, one of the farmers in Kibaare in the new Rwampara District, last week said eight acres of his banana plantation was wiped out.

“I have called almost everyone concerned but there has not been anyone coming to visit my banana plantation. I do not know what to do,” Mr Ndagano said.

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