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Burundi: banana disease entered country

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A team of researchers have confirmed for the first time that a harmful banana bacterial disease, known as Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW), has made its way into Burundiís borders from neighboring countries, most likely Tanzania, Rwanda and possibly Democratic Republic of Congo. The survey was sponsored by the Crop Crisis Control project (C3P) led by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in partnership with the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

BXW causes early ripening and rotting of the banana fruits, and results in the wilting and death of the plant. Left uncontrolled, BXW could have serious further impacts on the food security situation in Burundi, which was recently declared the most food insecure country in the world by the International Food Policy Research Group (IFPRG).

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