Black sigatoka affects bananas and plantain cropsOne of the deadliest diseases which affect banana and plantain crops has continued to spread across the island.The Black Sigatoka, a deadly disease which can cut plantain and banana crop production in half, was confirmed here in May 2012.So far it has cost government over three hundred thousand dollars to manage. So far some of the communities that have been affected by the disease are Fond Canie, Elmshall, South, South East, East and Concord among others. Coordinator of Black Sigatoka Disease Management Unit in Dominica, Carol Abraham said because of the manner in which the fungus moves around make it a bit difficult to contain.“Considering the manner in which the fungus blows in the wind and in the rain, that’s how it moves around. So every time we have a windy spell or some bad weather, we expect it to move”. However, Mrs Abraham noted that efforts are ongoing to control the disease. “We can contain it to some extent in the sense that people who have backyards simply have to look for the symptoms under the leaves and remove those leaves”.She therefore advised citizens who have trees in their backyard to de-leaf their trees because they “don’t need to spray we don’t advocate that”.Mrs. Abraham noted that the Agriculture Ministry has completed a third cycle of managing the disease. “Most areas are complete we just have the south outstanding and we already started a fourth cycle in the east which is the Carib Territory, Castle Bruce area so the cycles are on stream more less”.She also called on farmers to continue de-leafing practices on their farms in an effort to fight the disease. “We are still advocating the de-leafing, removing all disease leaf, turning them upside down so the fungus would be emitted into the ground and keeping their fields clean and just preparing themselves for when the spray cycle continue”. Meanwhile, she called on landowners with abandoned fields to assist in the management of the disease as this could create more problems in the control of the disease.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Black sigatoka continues to spread by: – August 7, 2013 Share Tweet 18 Views no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring!