Banana fungus detected in Venezuela may worsen hunger crisis

A resistant fungus which wilts banana and plantain plants and infects soil could worsen the food crisis in Venezuela. According to the United Nations, 6.5 million people already suffer hunger there at the moment.

The Fusarium tropical race 4 fungus has so far been located in the central states of Aragua, Carabobo and Cojedes. Venezuela's national agricultural health institute officially detected fusarium in January, but producers and other experts say there has been evidence of the fungus for years and they fear it could spread rapidly.


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