Banana Wilt Hits Kabale Again

Banana farmers in Maziba Sub County in Kabale district are crying for help following a fresh attack of the disastrous Banana Bacterial Wilt in the area.

Maziba Sub County was last hit by the wilt in 2016 and 2017 where many plantations were cut down, in accordance with one of the control by-laws which were set by sub county leaders.

Farmers such as Jack Byaruhanga, Alexander Tumuhimbtsi, Galasiano Tumwesigye and Burasidia Kyomukama revealed that they recently noticed the wilt when their banana plants started yellowing their leaves.

These say that so far about one in five of the mature bananas is consumable.

Charles Ssali Banyenzaki, the sub county Agriculture Officer blamed the return of the wilt on failure by farmers comply with the control by-laws which were put by sub county leaders.

The by-laws required that farmers to always cut down all the affected plants in their gardens to avoid spread of the bacteria to other farmers in the area.

In the by-laws, the sub county leaders agreed with farmers a charge of 50000 per banana plant once found in one’s garden and not cut.

Banyenzaki says that they are going to embark at sensitizing people and intensifying the by-laws to reduce on the spread of the wilt.

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