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Disease hits banana sector

Published:Tuesday | February 2, 2010 | 12:00 AM


Agriculture officials have confirmed that black sigatoka, a dangerous fungal disease, has been discovered in St Lucia and threatens the struggling banana industry.

Agriculture Minister Ezekiel Joseph said the dreaded disease was discovered on a banana plantation in the south-east of the island and that government officials will be verifying the extent of infestation across the island.

"We are now embarking on a comprehensive survey islandwide to determine the extent of the problem and from that we will know the measures we need to undertake to either eradicate or control," he told the Caribbean Media Corporation.