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    Banana, as well as maize, bean and soybean based production systems are important in providing year round food security in Rwanda, as they are among the important staple crops for both rural and urban populations in the country Bananas occupy 23 percent of cultivated area, and the crop contributes significantly to the national value of production The majority of bananas produced are consumed domestically, and as incomes rise among rural households, banana consumption increases vis à vis alternative staples, such as sweet potato, arrow root and cassava However, banana experiences significant production constraints, key among these being pests and diseases transmitted through planting material Farmers’ lack of knowledge and skills concerning these pests and diseases and their management leads to their unintentional movement and spread, through infected planting material In addition, banana production is constrained by low soil fertility, low yielding varieties and poor banana husbandry practices Against this background, the Government of Rwanda, through the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources ( initiated a banana improvement programme to address the challenges in the banana industry This led to the introduction of high yielding and disease/pest tolerant banana varieties, and the adaptation of improved integrated crop and disease management technologies However, the availability of and farmers’ access to high yielding, pest and disease tolerant varieties, and the adoption of improved crop and disease management technologies were still below expectations This was due to limited capacities in producing and distributing improved banana varieties and weak links among research, extension and farmer organizations to support the dissemination of improved crop and disease management practices to farmers In view of this, MINAGRI requested that FAO provide assistance to enhance the production of tolerant/resistant banana varieties and field rehabilitation in five districts Gisagara Karongi Muhanga Rubavu and Rwamagara.
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    This poster illustrates and explains the process of removing surplus and unwanted suckers from banana plant, which is known as desuckering.

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