Iniap and the private sector will bring banana varieties resistant to Fusarium R4T
The region has mobilized before the detections of Fusarium race 4 (Foc R4T) in Colombia, in August 2019, and in Peru, in April of this year, going through an alert in Venezuela that the authorities of that country ruled out at the end of April.
The reinforcement of containment measures, to prevent the plague from spreading in the region, the creation of the Global Alliance Against R4T , in 2020; as well as the implementation of a permanent monitoring center, proposed by the Andean Community of Nations (CAN) last week, which would function in Lima, have marked the common strategies announced by the Ministers of Agriculture of the Andean countries.
In addition to the support of international entities for programs and training such as the International Regional Organization for Agricultural Health (Oirsa), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).
The importation of tolerant or resistant varieties to the fungus is another of the actions. In Ecuador, the private company as well as the Government are finalizing the processes to import these materials.
Raúl Jaramillo, Director of Research at the National Institute for Agricultural Research (Iniap), confirmed to Diario EL UNIVERSO that the purchase and import of a “resistant variety” is yet to be finalized.
“After having extensively searched international organizations, research centers, companies that have a material resistant to Fusarium , the purchase of material is being finalized,” said Jaramillo, who preferred to reserve the name of the variety and the country of origin, although he anticipated that the plants would arrive in Ecuador in approximately 45 days .