The general director of Plant Health of the National Agrarian Health Service (Senasa), Josue Carrasco, stated that authorities had detected the presence of the Fusarium oxisporum f. sp. cubense Tropical Race 4 (Foc R4T) in 72.55 hectares of bananas in the province of Sullana, which were immediately contained to prevent their dispersion.
Since there is no cure against this fungus, which can be very harmful to Musaceae, it is necessary to implement restrictive measures to prevent it from affecting national production, which occupies a total area of 170,000 hectares of banana and plantain crops, he stated.
The causes of the arrival of the fungus to the city of Piura are still unknown, he added. Authorities haven't ruled out that it may have arrived at the city through the importation of illegal exotic plantations from other countries, or with the arrival of a foreign citizen.
According to Senasa, the region of Piura is the only region in the country in which the presence of Fusarium R4T has been detected. They also stressed that they were constantly doing monitoring work throughout Peru to prevent the spread of the plague.
As part of the fight against the fungus in Piura, the agency intensified control efforts at 6 checkpoints that were installed throughout the banana and plantain-producing areas of the province of Sullana. These centers have allowed authorities to disinfect 22,724 vehicles and inspect 2,358 vehicles to detect the mobilization of vegetative material, which is prohibited according to Chief Resolution No. 0048-2021 MIDAGRI-SENASA.