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Philippines: Department of Agriculture allots P262 million for fusarium wilt research

The Department of Agriculture has stated it will use P262.7 million (€4.45 mln) to fund efforts to produce banana varieties resistant to fusarium wilt, along with developing initiatives that would increase yield and the quality of fruit that would be suitable for both domestic and export markets.

Secretary William Dar said in the DA’s official website that P100 million was earmarked under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2) as a counterpart fund to rehabilitate cavendish areas in Mindanao that was under the grips of Fusarium wilt.

Dar also challenged the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters to match his agency’s P100-million to carry out a sustainable research and development program to control Fusarium wilt and rehabilitate the affected areas.

Part of the research and development program is the establishment of a system that would ensure the production via tissue culture of quality banana resistant varieties while distributing these to farmers to rehabilitate and re-plant the disease-damaged farms.


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