Ecuadorian industry experts are looking into the question of which strain of fusarium it is that was found in northern Peru, near the Ecuadorian border. If it is fusarium oxysporum cubense, or race 4 (FOC R4T), it is the same as the one found in Colombia, making it almost certain that the fungus passed through here.
Diario EXPRESO inquired from various sources about the matter, but neither the Peruvian health authority, the Senasa (National Agrarian Health Service) of Peru nor the Ecuadorian, Agrocalidad, know the details. Neither do the unions of the countries know.
María Auxiliadora Rodríguez, head of the Association of Banana Exporters (Asoexpla), highlights the work that the tables do through the national COE, but is concerned that the effects that race 4 has on plantain, which is of the musaceae family.
Not knowing the strain is a problem, says Mario Cozzarelli, a specialist who visited Peru to do work with aerial photography models who was hired by buyers of Peruvian organic bananas, led by AgroFair, which is also financed by companies like Dole, Fyffes, Bonavio (France).
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