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April 24th, 2018 / AllAfrica

Agricultural experts are meeting today to discuss how to improve production of banana, a staple food in eastern and central Africa. In so doing, they will review a five-year project that aims to expand and speed up existing banana breeding efforts in Tanzania and Uganda. The breeding is intended to develop and deliver to farmers high-yielding banana hybrids that are resistant to diseases and pests. Among the most notorious diseases that have lately impacted banana production in the region are black sigatoka and fusarium, along with destructive pests weevils and nematodes. Read more.