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Agriculture Banana Wilt

 BXW Banana Wilt

Banana plantations range from giant corporations down to small family farms, but they are all menaced by banana wilt. In Africa, Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW), or banana bacterial wilt (BBW) or enset wilt is a bacterial disease caused by Xanthomonas campestris. Although extensive management of the disease outbreaks has helped reduce the impact of Banana Xanthomonas Wilt, even today BXW continues to a pose a real problem to the banana farmer of Central and East Africa. What can they do naturally? One option is charcoal/biochar powder. Ronald is an enthusiatic promotor of charcoal for many medicinal uses, but he is always ready to experiment with other applications. Here is a recent secondhand testimony from northern

 

Uganda:

"On another positive note, a friend of mine has testified that, when I told him charcoal powder canrenew soil productivity and rids soil of crop diseases, he tried the idea by pouring charcoal powder under his banana plantation which had been attacked by some terrible banana wilt diseases which is a bad menace to farmers here in Uganda. He testified that, after about 3 months since he acted, the wilt has disappeared and he is planning to expand the idea to other fields. I thought you should note this one. when I get time, I will go with him to the field to take photos of these events
God bless you
Ronald
Northern Uganda
 
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