Frequently Asked Question

Where did Banana Bacterial Wilt come from?

Ans. It was first reported in Ethiopia in 1960s. How it got into Uganda in 2001 is not clear, but what is important is that it is controllable so let us control it.

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The vast majority of the bananas currently grown and consumed were not conventionally bred but are selections made over probably thousands of years from naturally occurring hybrids. Cultivated bananas are very nearly sterile and as a consequence are not propagated from seed but rather through vegetative propagation, primarily suckers as well as more recently micropropagated or tissue cultured bananas. These factors, very old selections, near sterility and vegetative propagation, mean that these bananas have not been genetically improved either for resistance or improved quality and are becoming increasing in affected by serious pests and diseases.

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