Dominica has received fungicide to the tune of US$64,000 as it steps up its fight against the deadly Black Sigatoka disease.
This after Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit appealed to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez for assistance.
The fungicide and three experts from Venezuela arrived in Dominica on Tuesday, according to a release from the Office of the Prime Minister.
The Venezuelan experts were updated by Dominican technicians on the situation in Dominica at the Melville Hall Farmers’ Training Centre.
The disease, which kills banana and plantain plants, has been confirmed here, with agriculture officials admitting that they are worried about the situation.
Agriculture Minister Mathew Walter told a press conference recently that vigorous steps are being taken to deal with the problem.
“It is one of the most destructive pests of bananas and plantains. Recently it was confirmed present in Guadeloupe, Martinique, St Lucia, St Vincent and Grenada. It is with much regret that I am to advise that banana and plant health experts have intercepted the disease in Dominica,” Walter said.
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