Tanzania, April 24 – Banana is one of the staple food in most East Africa countries with a high demand but it has been limited to production over the years. Global experts are meeting in Arusha, Tanzania to discuss the challenges and ways to boost the production of the crop to meet the demand.
The convention ‘Breeding Banana Project’ has been identified to offer farmers varieties of hybrids that will benefit them from next year. Since bananas do not produce seeds, it will be a challenge to breed them. The researchers hope to come up with highly resistance breeds to curb the challenges.
High yield from the crop means better business for banana traders and farmers. African governments will be able to deal with food security that will benefit the country’s economy other than importing food at high end prices. Farmers who depend on the crop for livelihood will have a cutting edge with better production.
Farmers need resistance seeds to cut across the diverse challenges they face such as pests, diseases and drought. Banana production has been affected by pests and diseases as the primary challenges that have brought down the quality and quantity of the crop, leaving the farmers to count their losses.
A lot of study has been put into place to come up with solutions for the problems experience. Technology has been used, laboratory tests too and other multiple techniques to benefit the project which is in its third stage since its inception. The project is worth millions with all the requirements and resources needed to make it successful.
This is a good step in ensuring the agriculture sector stays alive as the different countries depend on the pillar for a better stand. The steps to meet the demand of the crop, in collaboration with other entities could see a shift in the sector for an upturn in the economy.