Rukungiri Gets Shs 60.5m To Fight Banana Wilt


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treatment geneva;”>The Rukungiri district LC5 Chairman, viagra Mr. Charles Byabakama Kwebangira, has told Chimpreports today, Saturday, that the money was received on Wednesday early this week and it is to be distributed to all sub counties of the district.

“The banana bacterial wilt is currently a disaster in the district after destroying all banana plantations leaving people with nothing to eat and causing poverty as most people depend on banana sales,” Kwebangira stated.

He then went on to say, “Bacteria wilt has caused poverty amongst our people because bananas are grown on a subsistence basis. 70% of the plantations have been destroyed leaving most homes without food and those in the banana business jobless”.

Kwebangira also noted that each sub county will receive Shs 3.5 million for the campaign to eradicate the scorching disease.

He called upon sub county leaders to be vigilant, accountable and mobilise their people in this campaign such that the value for money is realised.

According to the head of the National Banana Research Programme at Kawanda Research Centre, Mr Joseph Sabiiti, banana bacterial wilt disease was discovered in 2001 in Mukono district and had since spread to more than 21 districts in Uganda.

With the wide spread of banana bacterial wilt in western Uganda especially in the districts of Rukungiri, Bushenyi, Mbarara, Ntungamo and Ruhinda, many farmers are cutting down their plantations to contain the disease, hence losing their source of income with many families surviving on posho as their staple food .

The disease is caused by bacteria and it attacks banana plants and once they are affected, they cannot be eaten by people.

However, Sabiiti urges the district officials and stakeholders to organise workshops on banana bacterial wilt identification and management with the local farmers to eradicate it.

The disease can be prevented through early identification of the affected plant by cutting it and burning it, among others as recommended.


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