Control of Panama wilt disease of Banana in Bihar by ICAR-FUSICONT



ICAR-Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture, Rehmankhera and Regional Research Station of ICAR- Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Lucknow jointly developed a new ICAR-FUSICONT technology for control of devastating Panama wilt disease in banana. The successful use of this technology was demonstrated earlier in areas affected by Panama wilt disease in Uttar Pradesh and it was found to be good for management of Panama Wilts tropical race-4. In this order, the scientists of the institute further tested it in Panama wilt disease affected areas of more than 30 farmers in Katihar district of Bihar state. The scientists of the institute provided ICAR-FUSICONT to farmers on time to time and also guided them according to their requirement. The Scientists from Regional Research Station of ICAR- Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture, Malda periodically monitor the activity. Nine months after the use of ICAR-FUSICONT the team of scientists surveyed farmers fields to assess the impact of technology on the disease. In survey a significant reduction of 95 percent in Panama wilt disease was observed. ICAR-FUSICONT adopted farmers were overwhelmed by the results of the technology and they were demanding ICAR-FUSICONT for adopting banana cultivation completely.