Since its discovery in 1994 in Nkhata-bay district the viral disease has caused havoc across the country to a point of banana extinction in all plantations. Known as the Banana Bunchy Top (BBT) and deadly as well as incurable, it is spread by an aphid called Pentalonia nigronervosa. Pathologists have carried out numerous research works to deal with the crisis.
In the effort to bring back the income generating plant on the scene, a training was organised to teach farmers on how to curb the spread of the disease in its early stages.
One of the members of Synthesis Agriculture, Michael Kamowa, revealed that they will bring back the lost glory in banana production.
Kamowa said this during the banana production training which took place on Wednesday in Lilongwe.
In his sentiments Kamowa said, they have hosted the training as they know the government has a huge interest in seeing the lost glory of banana production in Malawi restored.
He further emphasized on the importance of providing information to people interested in farming bananas. And says he knows the importance of the trainings when is comes to restorimg the lost glory of banana plant.
The training is part of capacity building for small holder farmers, individuals and organizations that may wish to venture into banana production.
The trainings are targeting everyone and Supporting the Tonse Government promise to create one million jobs. Therefore banana production can be one channel whereby one million jobs can be realised.
Jamie reiterating that their expectations are high as this will improve banana production for export quality.
In his part, the Lilongwe based farmer, Ernason Suya , who was one of the participants of the training, said banana production looks promising and is the right way to take.
He said he want to contribute in a very small way as he expect to yield good results from his 1 Hectare of land and create employment from his plantation.
He added that his expectation is that, he is going to acquire knowledge and skills in the production process interms of selling and marketing of production and he will be one of the successful business people to bring back the lost glory.
Since its discovery the disease has wreaked havoc in the country. Banana production volumes have dwindled, affecting households in Nkhata Bay, Mulanje and Thyolo districts, among others.
Synthesis Agriculture has been in existence for the last four years imparting knowledge to local farmer on various farming platforms.
By Thokozani kachingwe