Similar to the human kind, plants also fight for their lives against pandemics and global diseases.

The Banana Fusarium Wilt disease, described as Tropical Race 4 (TR4) and commonly known as the “Panama Diseases”, was first discovered in 1970 in Cavendish banana plantations in Taiwan. In Lebanon, it was first detected in 2015, and since then, it had been spreading and causing huge economic damages to Banana farmers across the South of Lebanon. 

For the past 2 years, the Technical and Crop Protection department in Debbane Freres, has been working alongside with the Banana experts in the team, to try and provide the best solution for Banana farmers in order to reduce the damages of this disease and increase their profits. 

In December 2020, the final results for a complete program used to control Soil Born Diseases came to be highly efficient in reducing the damages of the Panama disease.

The program is an alternation between the products available in Debbane’s pipeline: Velum Prime, Novo Treat and Trainer. 

Added to being efficient, this program is providing a healthy and environmental solution for the farmers, complying with company’s vision to spread and raise awareness towards ICM systems, for a higher quality and sustainable production, by including 2 biologically certified products and an innovative – low toxicity active ingredient from Bayer Crop Science.

The program is planned to be launched in February 2021 just before the start of the first application season.

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