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5 Prevention Projects

BANANAMOZ

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BANANAMOZ recognises that in order to contain and prevent the Banana Bunchy Top Virus from spreading, there needs to be support for small-holder farmers in the high-risk and infected areas. For this reason, this project focusses on helping small-holder farmers to detect, destroy and replant infected banana plants. 

Activities funded: The main activities funded in this project are the contracting of CropWatch (a specialised service provider in Banana Bunchy Top Virus detection, area surveillance and training staff), the purchase of plants for replacing infected plants and the launch of a community awareness campaign.

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Agri-Sul Lda.

Being relatively close to the infected farm, this grant is awarded to help actively prevent the infection of Banana Bunchy Top Virus on the Agri-Sul farm. At the same time, part of this grant is used to implement Panama Disease TR4 prevention measures.

Activities funded: The main activities funded in this project ​are the purchase of chemicals to control aphids, the installation of fences and gates and the installation of vehicle baths.

CITRUM SA.

This grant is used to fund a series of prevention measures at the CITRUM farm for both BBTV and Panama Disease TR4

 

Activities funded: The main activities funded in this project are the installation of perimeter fencing, the implementation of car baths at the farm entrance and hosting community awareness events.

Mavafuka Enterprise Lda.

To limit the risk of infection with both banana diseases (BBTV and Panama Disease TR4), this grant is used to implement a series of prevention measures at the Mavafuka farm.

 

Activities funded: Main activities funded are to upgrade the current perimeter fencing, to implement vehicles baths and to educate the community about the impact and detection of BBTV and Panama Disease TR4

Trio Tropical Limitada

This grant is used to prevent infection with both BBTV and Panama Disease TR4 at the Trio Tropical farm.

Activities funded: Upgrade of the current perimeter fencing, implementation of vehicles baths and community education about the impact and detection of BBTV and Panama Disease TR4.

 
5 Containment Projects

Matanuska

Mozambique Lda.

The Matanuska farm in the Nampula province, Northern Mozambique was the first to identify and confirm the presence of Panama Disease Tropical Race 4 in Mozambique.

Since the detection in July 2013, a large part of the production was lost to the disease and the company filed for insolvency in 2018. Before closing down, the company applied for a grant to ensure all banana plants and infected materials were disposed of in a proper way and to ensure the disease would not spread beyond the already infested areas.  

Activities funded: The main activities funded in this project were the purchase of herbicides to destroy infected plants and the purchase of protective boots and clothes for all workers on the farm.

 

All project activities were completed by August in 2018. After the farm filed for insolvency, it was bought by Jacaranda Agricultura Lda and was renamed Jacaranda Monapo

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Jacaranda Monapo Lda.

After the Matanuska farm filed for insolvency in 2018 and destroyed all infected plants, it was bought by Jacaranda Agricultura Lda. and the farm was renamed Jacaranda Monapo. As this farm is infected with Panama Disease Tropical Race 4, the main focus of this grant is on containment of the disease.

 

Activities funded: The main activities funded are the installation of car and foot baths, the purchase of high pressure cleaners and the installation of perimeter fencing.

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Jacaranda Agricultura Lda.

This grant is used to contain the Panama Disease Tropical Race 4 on two Jacaranda farms (Lúrio and Ocua) in the Nampula province, and to prevent it to spread to the nearby Jacaranda Mirrote farm.

 

Activities funded: The awarded grant is used to upgrade the current perimeter fencing, to implement vehicles baths and to educate the community about the impact and detection of Panama Disease Tropical Race 4. 

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BANANAMOZ

This grant awarded to the Banana Producer Association of Mozambique (BANANAMOZ) funds a project that aims to control the spread of Panama Disease Tropical Race 4 in Mozambique and to create capacity to continue the monitoring and surveillance of this devastating banana disease in the country. 

Activities funded: Activities funded under this grant are the appointment of a manager and assistance manager to oversee this project. Other activities include labour costs of field officers and the implementation of community awareness campaigns. 

The African Food Company Lda.

Currently being the only commercial banana farm infected with the Banana Bunchy Top Virus, this grant awarded to the African Food Company mainly focusses on destroying the infected plants and controlling the aphids that spread the disease. A part of the grant also supports the replanting of lost production areas.

Activities funded: Installation of perimeter fencing, purchase of chemicals and purchase of plants for replanting lost areas.

1 Replanting Project
 

Jacaranda Agricultura Lda.

This grant is used to fund the replanting of lost areas due to Panama Disease Tropical Race 4 at the Jacaranda Lúrio and Ocua farms with the more resistant Formosana variant. A part is also used to plant the resistant variant at the nearby located Jacaranda Mirrote farm, as it is at very high risk of infection with Panama Disease Tropical Race 4. The construction of a laboratory for research into Panama Disease Tropical Race 4 tolerance and for selection and multiplication of the most tolerant commercial plants is also covered under this grant.

Activities funded: The main activities funded in this project are the purchase of lab materials and equipment, the implementation of irrigation systems and the purchase of fertilisation.