Banana cultivation faces global challenges

By: Trademagazin Date: 2024. 03. 14. 10:59

The World Banana Forum (WBF), the global forum of the United Nations (UN) dealing with banana production and sales, met in Rome this week. The purpose of the forum was to discuss the problem of banana plantations destroyed by climate change-induced infections.

The speakers highlighted the responsibility of European retailers: it is important to simplify the certification systems and introduce a fairer banana price policy. Pascal Liu, WBF’s chief economist, emphasized the dangers posed by climate impacts, which also exacerbate rapidly spreading diseases.

The biggest concern is a fungal infection called Fusarium Wilt TR4, which poses a serious threat to banana plantations. This disease has spread from Australia and Asia to Africa and South America and threatens the world’s favorite banana variety, the Cavendish.

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