Minister of Agriculture to Assess Black Sigatoka Management

Agriculture Minister, Hon. Matthew Walter along with a technical team from the Ministry of Agriculture will on Wednesday October 3rd, 2012 pay a visit to farms in the south and south eastern part of the island affected by the onslaught of the dreaded black Sigatoka disease.

Head of the Plant Quarantine Unit of the Division of Agriculture, Ryan Anselm in an interview with the Government Information Service on Tuesday said the minister during his visit of the farms will assess the management strategy adopted by farmers in dealing with the black Sigatoka disease.

Anselm explained further that, “the objective of the visit is to assess the integration pest management system that we are implementing and to visit the farmers to dialogue with them about the policies and regulations for the management of Black Sigatoka.”

The Agriculture Minister will be accompanied by the Acting Director of Agriculture, Ricky Brumant as well as the Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Samuel Carette.

The Black Sigatoka disease was first sighted on Dominica in July of this year and since then has put in place a number of measures to manage and curb the spread of the disease.

The Black Sigatoka is a fungal disease affecting the leaves of the plantain and banana trees.