DA cites Davao Norte and Davao Oriental in controlling Fusarium disease
- Written by NOEL T. PROVIDO
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The Department of Agriculture in Region XI (DA-XI) has granted rewards to the provincial governments of Davao del Norte and Davao Oriental for containing the spread of banana Fusarium Wilt in the region.
Fusarium Wilt that is also known as Panama disease is a soil borne fungus causing wilting of banana plants. In 2013, DA-XI has identified at least 701,480 infected mats in the region prompting the agency and banana stakeholders to implement quarantine measures and needed interventions to save the one of the country's leading dollar-earning industry.
DA-XI conducted the search for the best-managed fusarium infected farm as a rewards system for LGUs that effectively implemented quarantine control measures and interventions such as installation of foot and vehicle vats along entry points, issuance of local ordinance, disease eradication activities, and information drive.