Plant Diseases Continues to Spread throughout Dominica
During a press conference held on Friday August 30th, by the Ministry of Agriculture, Acting Plant Protection Officer, Joseph Blanford, stated that diseases including the Black Sigatoka, continues to spread drastically.
According to him, Black Sigatoka has spread into new areas and has become worrisome for the Ministry.
Although the disease is mainly spread by the wind, he concluded that man activity is also a contributing factor.
Mr. Blandford informed that they are engaging all stakeholders, including the Police, to help them stem the movement of contaminative material from one point to another.
If measures are not implemented urgently, it will affect all sectors of the society, he stated.
The Ministry continues to ask for the public’s participation.
Mrs. Carol Severin Abraham, Black Sigatoka Management Coordinator, reiterated, that Black Sigatoka is a fungal disease that attacks the leaves of the banana and plantain crops.
“The first signs are usually seen under the surface of the leaf.”
What is seen on top the leaves are yellow Sigatoka, not aggressive as black, she said.
She said the fungus requires damp and humid conditions to spread.
Delory Williams, Coordinator of the Internship Programme held for six weeks, consisted of students from two institutions.
They included: The Dominica State College and the Youth Development Divison’s Aganar Programme.