Five Countries to Benefit from Weeklong Workshop on Black Sigakota Disease in Dominica

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Five Countries to Benefit from Weeklong Workshop on Black Sigakota Disease in Dominica

As part of its response to the Black Sigakota Disease currently threatening the region’s banana and plantain crops, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), will be providing intensive training in management of the disease at a workshop to be held in Dominica, from June 17th to 22nd at the Plant Protection & Quarantine Lab at the Botanic Gardens.

The workshop, will help the region to build further capacity in the ongoing battle against the crop disease, and train two technicians each from Dominica, St. Lucia, Grenada, Guyana including St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The training will focus on the effective use of fungicides to control and eradicate the disease.

Throughout the workshop, technicians will be trained to assess the sensitivity of the disease to specific ingredients and to develop more effective treatment plans.

Dr. Luis Perez-Vicente International Consultant /Senior Plant Pathologist, Ministry of Agriculture, Havana, and Cuba will be the course facilitator of this one week training.

This activity will cap off a year of FAO supported activities in response to requests for assistance from the affected countries.

Last year, the Organization provided an expert from Cuba to conduct an assessment of management efforts in each country and identify areas for improvement.

It is hoped that, with a comprehensive management plan and high levels of awareness both amongst commercial farmers and householders that, the Black Sigatoka Disease can be controlled and eventually eradicated form the region.

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