Agchem control success on Brazil banana disease
The control of the banana disease, black sigatoka ( Mycosphaerella fijiensis), is advancing in Brazil. The Ministry of Agriculture has recognised seven counties in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul as free of the disease, allowing farmers to sell their crops across Brazil. The Ministry recognises 14 states in the country as free of the disease and several counties in Mato Grosso and Minas Gerais. The Ministry launched a chemical control and monitoring programme on the disease in 2001. The disease was widespread across Brazil at the time. Risk prevention measures include the banning of inter-state sales or transportation of the crop from states or regions where the disease remains ( Agrow No 419, p 18).