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Deadly disease puts banana industry under threat - UN warns

Published:Wednesday | December 24, 2014 | 12:18 PM

The United Nations (UN) says it now fears the spread of a disease ravaging banana industries to the Caribbean.



The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation says the banana industry will be under threat without global efforts to respond to the fungal disease.



The UN says US$47 million is needed to tackle the new and deadly Tropical Race 4 (TR4) strain of Fusarium wilt disease.



The global banana industry is worth US36 billion and provides a source of income or food to some 400 million people around the world.



The UN is also concerned that the devastation could be significant as banana is mostly produced in the developing world for domestic consumption.



The Fusarium wilt disease, commonly called the Panama Disease, infects the root system of banana trees and goes on to colonise the plant.



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