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Protect your farm against 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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    Precautionary measures to combat Tropical Race 4
    TR4 Global Network - An initiative of the World Banana Forum
    2020
    What to do if you think you have banana plants infected with TR4? provides an outline of precautionary measures to combat Tropical race 4 (TR4) for development practitioners. It asserts that while banana and plantain farmers/growers who regularly check their plants for signs of TR4, they can keep their farms healthy longer through early detection and containment of the disease. Improved monitoring and early action are the most effective ways to protect banana and plantain farms from the spread of TR4. It lists, with some detail, precautions for farmers/growers as well as actions to take if one suspects that one’s plant has been infected with TR4. Next, the document explains how diagnosis generally takes place: the relevant local, national or regional authority will visit the farm property in order to take a sample of the plant showing symptoms. The sample will then be packaged carefully and sent to a specialised laboratory where it is tested for TR4. After the diagnosis If TR4 is confirmed, the farm will be put under quarantine, according to the national legislation on phytosanitary matters and protocols of the corresponding National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO).
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    Tropical Race 4 prevention strategies
    TR4 Global Network. An initiative of the World Banana Forum
    2020
    Managing the movement of soil, water and plant material entering and exiting farms is the key to effective on-farm biosecurity. Prevention is currently the primary way to avoid new Tropical race 4 (TR4) invasions. Intended for a development practitioner audience, TR4 prevention strategies, details, step by step, how early detection, rapid destruction of infected banana and plantain plants, and on-farm restrictions are the only way to control and contain TR4. A country’s regulatory framework is explored in this document, with, for example, the following steps to be taken: designation of TR4 as a quarantine pest; setting up a monitoring system to promptly detect incursions; enacting of regulations that allow the National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO) to intervene on farms. On-farm biosecurity is only effective if the standard for practices are high, and if practices are adhered to at all times. A single practice failure can potentially lead to the introduction of a new pest or disease. With this in mind, ten biosecurity measures are listed, which if enforced, enable farmers/growers to help to protect not only their own farms, but also their country's banana industry. In addition, practical and detailed steps for farm visitors and for international travellers are included in the document.

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