This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project title: R6580: Non-Chemical management of banana
nematodes in East Africa.
To get rid of banana nematodes without using chemicals, farmers in East
Africa had to uproot all infected plants, grow a break crop, and then
replant with pest-free bananas. But, they couldn't be sure that the new
banana plants were free of nematodes. Now, low-cost tissue culture
removes this obstacle and makes mass plantings of disease-free bananas
possible. The break crop plus tissueculture plantlet method was proven
by farmers in Kayunga and Kayanamukaka, Uganda. Their soils were badly
infested with nematodes but they didn't want to use harmful pesticides.
Now, a laboratory in Uganda produces 10 million plantlets a year by
tissue culture. So, this technology has major potential for banana
production in East Africa and for poor producers.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (11 pp.) taken from the CD.
CPP73, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 24.