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Taiwan Technical Mission recognizes 1-year anniversary of regional project for Prevention and Control of Fusarium Tropical Race 4

Posted: Thursday, November 9, 2023. 8:58 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The Taiwan Technical Mission in Belize is recognizing the 1 year anniversary of the Regional Project for the Prevention and Control of Fusarium Tropical Race 4 in Central America.

This project made a significant commitment to the beloved banana industry.

“Bananas are one of the treasures of the Central American region and one of the largest industries in Belize. Bananas not only provide us with delicious fruit but also create numerous job opportunities, supporting the local economy. However, TR4 has been a severe challenge, endangering the entire banana industry and the livelihoods of farmers,” the Taiwan Technical Mission noted.

Through the project, teams have been committed to strengthening disease diagnosis and prevention capabilities and promoting a healthy seedling system to ensure a safe source of banana plants for farmers, reducing disease transmission risks.

In the past year, the team collaborated with National Taiwan University who developed a new Fusarium TR4 detection technology, reducing field detection time from 3 days to 2 hours.

Additionally, they organized 8 Panama Disease prevention and training sessions for farmers and technical personnel, benefiting a total of 256 individuals.

 They also introduced disease-resistant variety Formosana and commercial varieties William and Gran Enano, each with 1000 seedlings. These were later used for adaptability trials and healthy seedling production.

The Taiwan Technical Mission in Belize says that they plan to continue to collaborate with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise and OIRSA to achieve sustainable development for Belize banana industry, leaving a better world for our next generation.

 

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