The Colombian Agricultural Institute, ICA, is carrying out inspection, surveillance, and control visits to plantain and banana crops in the Colombian department of Caldas to publicize measures for the prevention of pests and diseases that may endanger the health of the productions.
"Resolutions 3330 of 2013 and 17334 of 2019 require we divulge the importance of working and disseminating the measures to prevent and control the moko and Fusarium R4T, the pests that pose the biggest threats to these crops”, said the section manager of the ICA in Caldas, Joaquin Alberto Osorio Diaz.
So far in 2020, the ICA has made 77 phytosanitary inspection visits to plantations with plantain crops in Caldas, achieving surveillance of 318 hectares. Authorities are currently controlling 10 moko outbreaks.
"The visits have been conducted in the municipalities of Samana and Norcasia. The goal of the constant inspections or controls is to maintain the phytosanitary status of the department. We continue to raise awareness among farmers with the intention of improving the health and production of this agricultural species,” said Osorio Diaz.
It is important to highlight that moko and Fusarium R4T are pests that cause total loss of production, which would significantly affect the country's banana sector. However, no outbreaks of FOC R4T have been reported in the department of Caldas.