Diseased Banana crop

Banana    Somalia

As Somali riverine farmers, we are suffering from this kind of disease that has affected and destroyed our Banana crops as you can see photos below. what is the causal agent of this disease? is there any suitable pesticides or cultural practices to prevent and treat the disease. Thank you very much Indeed.

Posted by: Aidarus mohamed farah (1 point) Aidarus mohamed farah
Posted: January 27, 2024


it is sigatoka ( mycosphaerella musicola.) disease that caused by fungus. reduce inoculem level byvremoving leaves ( de-leafing), frequently aplied fungicides as per recommendation of plant doctores or protection experts

Posted by: Tadele (3 points) Tadele
Posted: February 8, 2024

This is not a caused by nutrition deficiency by it is a Sigatoka disease.

Sigatoka is a leaf disease, that significantly impacts banana yield by causing premature leaf death and affecting fruit ripening. To manage this disease, cultural control and chemical control methods should be employed.
Cultural Control: Regularly trim infected leaves, ensuring to remove more than 50% of the leaf area if it's infected. This should ideally be done weekly. After pruning, remove these leaves from the plantation to prevent further spread of the disease. Burning the pruned leaves is a highly recommended method of disposal as it kills the disease-causing spores. Additionally, remove any old infected leaves and burn them too.Ideally, convert the diseased or aging leaves into biochar, that enhances your soil quality and controls soil-borne diseases when activated.
Chemical Control: Fungicides can be employed to control Sigatoka, particularly in commercial plantations. Protectant fungicides like Mancozeb, Copper hydroxide, Chlorothalonil, and Banana misting oil can be used. Systemic fungicides, such as Triazoles (propiconazole, fenbuconazole, tebunconazole) and Strobilurins (azoxystrobin), can also be effective. However, remember to rotate the fungicides to prevent the fungus from developing resistance.

Posted by: Rimnoma Serge Ouedraogo (21 points) Rimnoma Serge Ouedraogo
Posted: February 8, 2024

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