The Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) announced on Monday, September 9, the signing of two agreements with the associations Augura (Association of Banana Growers of Colombia) and Asbama (Association of banana growers of Magdalena and La Guajira) to control and prevent the spread of the fungus Fusarium R4T in the country's banana plantations.
The agreement with Augura, signed for 4,532 million dollars, aims at “joining efforts in the realization of actions in biosecurity and phytosanitary surveillance for the prevention and management of wilt by Fusarium in the banana producing areas of the departments of Magdalena and Antioquia, in the Urabá region,” said the ICA.
In turn, 3,267 million dollars will be allocated as part of the agreement with Asbama in order to carry out “containment actions in the areas devoted to the production and export of Cavendish bananas, located in the departments of Cesar, La Guajira and Magdalena,” said the entity.
The ICA also signed a contract with the Manuel Mejía Foundation (training entity for agricultural producers) for 1,500 million dollars for the training of 1,000 leading producers in 25 departments of Colombia. According to the ICA, the country is the fourth largest banana exporter in the world and reached a production of 100.4 million 20 kilo boxes in 2018, generating 859.2 million dollars of profits.