Jamaica on alert for dreaded banana disease

MINISTER of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw yesterday put farmers on alert for the emergence of the Tropical Race 4 (TR4) disease in the hemisphere, and its potential threat to the region’s banana and plantain industry.Shaw noted that TR4, previously known as “Panama Disease”, a deadly disease affecting banana and plantain crops, is not present in Jamaica but put the industry on high alert “to keep it out of the island”.

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