Davao’s banana sector: Research focus on fusarium wilt management
In view of banana production being the chief industry of the Davao region, three research studies delivered during the 29th Regional Symposium on Research and Development Highlights focused on the management of fusarium wilt and the introduction of a cultivar that can endure the disease.
Philippine Information Agency (PIA) reported that some of the studies presented during the symposium include “Resistance & Susceptibility of Selected Banana Cultivars to Fusarium Oxysporum,” “S & T Management Approaches against Fusarium Wilt on Cavendish in Mindanao” and “ Assessment on the Adoption of the Approaches for the Management of Fusarium Wilt on Cavendish Banana on Davao del Norte.”
Fusarium wilt is a disease caused by a fungus that can be found beneath the soil and is believed by agricultural specialists to take a while to be totally removed.
In 2012, following the onslaught of Typhoon Pablo, the ailment attacked newly grown Cavendish bananas, which significantly affected the production of local banana growers. Even until now, there are a lot of farmers who chose to plant other produce until fusarium wilt is completely eliminated, PIA said.
Apart from the developments concerning the disease, SMAARRDEC aims to further the technology on taking out fibers from banana that will help in providing extra income for banana growers and farmers.