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Bacterial Wilt, Cassava Mosaic Diseases Destroy Crops in Lamwo :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Bacterial Wilt, Cassava Mosaic Diseases Destroy Crops in Lamwo

Tito Otiri, the Secretary for Production for Palabek Gem Sub County says that dozens of farmers have reported cases of the diseases to his office seeking an intervention.
A woman pointing at her banana garden. Photo by Emmy Daniel Ojara

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Farmers in Palabek Gem Sub County in Lamwo District are battling a suspected outbreak of banana bacterial wilt and cassava mosaic diseases.

The diseases have reportedly infested and ravaged several acres of crops in the areas since August last year.  

Tito Otiri, the Secretary for Production for Palabek Gem Sub County says that dozens of farmers have reported cases of the diseases to his office seeking an intervention.   

Otiri disclosed that half an acre of his banana fruit bunches have also been attacked and destroyed by the bacterial wilt, forcing him to slash them down as advised by the agricultural extension workers.   

He added that similarly, several acres of cassava crops have also been destroyed by the mosaic disease which has caused some of them to rot away.  

//Cue in: ‘’watye kanongo report…   

Cue out: …karan me production.’’//   

According to Otiri, banana crops are characterized by yellowing, wilting and hard substance on the fruits.   

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Cue out: …ingom I ngom.’’//    

Alexis Walikiri, one of the affected farmers in Abuka Village says dozens of his banana fruits were attacked by the same condition noting that most of them have dried off.    The matter was in December forwarded to the agricultural department for further investigation. 

Richard Ssejjoba, an agronomist at Agrithon in Gulu City says bacterial wilt of bananas and cassava mosaic spread fast and requires urgent attention to curb it.   

He advised farmers to plant disease-resistant crops, apply ashes and silicon during planting, disinfect farm tools, and totally destroy infected crops to avoid them from spreading.   

Tobia Kolo, the Lamwo District Agricultural Officer says a team has been dispatched to verify the reports.

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