By Our Reporter

LAMWO: Farmers in Palabek Gem Sub County, Lamwo district are battling a suspected outbreak of banana bacterial wilt.

The disease has ravaged banana plantations in the villages of Abuka, Dyang Pii and Medde South.

The disease is characterized by yellowing and complete wilting which starts with most peripheral leaves which tend to drop and the plant eventually stops growing.

Premature bananas also ripen while others develop purse-like liquid and the wilt has the capacity to wipe the plantation by over 90 percent.

The outbreak has destroyed unspecified hectares of banana plantations in Lamwo district.

Tito Otiri Abembem, a resident of Dyang Pii village in Palabek Gem Sub County says he first spotted the disease on his one hectare banana plantation last year before it spread rapidly to other banana plantations.

Alexis Waliki Omara, a resident of Abuka village said that he destroyed all his banana plantation as a result of the outbreak adding that he will wait for two years before planting new bananas.

Tobia Latome Kolo, the Lamwo District Agricultural Officer says his office has dispatched a team to verify the suspected outbreak of the banana disease and try to prevent it from spreading further.

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