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Multi-organizations delegation represents Belize at international forum on banana diseases in Guatemala

Posted: Monday, November 27, 2023. 1:28 pm CST.

Photo Credit: MAFSE

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belize is well-represented at the International Forum on Banana Bunchy Top virus and Fusarium Tropical Race 4 (TR4), which is taking place in Guatemala on Monday and Tuesday, November 27-28.

The Belizean delegation includes members from various institutions involved in the banana sector, such as the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE), the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA), the Banana Growers Association (BGA), the University of Belize (UB), the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (Taiwan ICDF), and the International Regional Organization for Plant and Animal Health (OIRSA).

The forum aims to address the growing threats to banana production worldwide, especially those caused by Banana Bunchy Top and Fusarium TR4.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Belize is proud to be free of both the Banana Bunchy Top virus and Fusarium TR4, and hopes to contribute to a more sustainable and resilient future for banana cultivation globally.

MAFSE said the Belizean delegates are sharing their insights and experiences in banana cultivation and protection with experts and stakeholders from other countries.

Speakers from countries like Taiwan, Colombia, Costa Rica, and other banana-producing nations are making in-depth analyses of the current situations in their countries and the proactive measures they are taking to fight these threats. The banana forum fosters international cooperation to ensure the sustainability and resilience of the banana industry.

The Ministry of Agriculture said the Belizean delegation is determined to use this forum to enhance its partnerships, research capabilities, and strategies to protect the banana sector from emerging challenges.


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