‘Saba’ darken due to dry spell in Negros Occ.
Banana farmers in Negros Occidental are trying to arrest the spread of the “bugtok” disease which has affected about 5 percent of banana plantations in the province.
“Bugtok” is associated with the dry spell, and is responsible for the darkening of saba bananas.
Provincial officials said at least 12 hectares owned by small farmers are initially found to have been affected by “bugtok” disease.
Officials are also watching out for stunting and other diseases due to water shortage.
Farmers were advised to use natural and biological ways to counter disease in the saba which include spraying madre de cacao and manunggal extracts and salt on the stem, applying pounded banana plant on the stem or corm of the plant, disinfection and cleanliness, and proper spacing of plants.