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What can exporters do to help prevent Tropical Race 4 (TR4)?

TR4 Global Network - An initiative of the World Banana Forum










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    Farm visitors be aware Tropical Race 4 (TR4) is a serious pest
    TR4 Global Network - An initiative of the World Banana Forum
    2020
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    This poster is geared to a general audience of farm visitors with a graphical overview of “do’s and don’ts” on banana and plantain farms, with the overall aim of protecting against Tropical race 4 (TR4) and its spread. The purpose of the poster is also to transmit a sense of urgency to the general public with regard to basic biosecurity practices that farm visitors must adhere to. This is one of four posters in a series on TR4 and its prevention.
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    Protect your farm against Tropical Race 4 (TR4)
    TR4 Global Network - An initiative of the World Banana Forum
    2020
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    This poster presents a general audience with a graphical overview of how farms can be protected against Tropical race 4 (TR4) and its spread. A series of detailed photographic images show how a farmer/grower, extension staff member or any observer can tell if plants have been infected with the TR4 pathogen. The purpose of the poster is also to give practical advice on what one can do if TRF is suspected on a banana or plantain farm. This is one of four posters in a series on TR4 and its prevention.
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    Together, we can prevent the spread of Tropical Race 4 (TR4)
    TR4 Global Network - An initiative of the World Banana Forum
    2020
    Investments in agriculture, including in innovation in the banana sector, are crucial to increasing the capacity for agricultural productivity and sustainable food production systems are necessary to achieve #ZeroHunger. With a general public audience in mind, the brochure Together, we can prevent the spread of TR4 seeks to explain why bananas and plantains are essential crops around the world for both their economic importance and deep cultural roots. It also highlights the main ways to combat the spread of Tropical race 4 (TR4) which causes the disease Banana Fusarium Wilt (Banana FW). Bananas are the most exported fruit in the world, while plantains contribute greatly to food security and to income generation as a cash crop in countries where they are produced. A transboundary soil-borne fungus, TR4 is recognized as one of the most destructive pests in the history of agriculture and the world’s greatest threat to banana and plantain production. The disease affects many varieties including Cavendish bananas which provide around half of global banana supply. Currently, the most effective approach to combat TR4 is prevention of its spread into clean areas and immediate containment when it is detected. Diversity is also key to prevention of TR4. Diversification of crops and better use of available genetic resources are key to building resilience to the disease in the long term. Emphasis is placed on the support needed for disease management and recovery in TR4 affected countries in which international collaboration and local action are essential.

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