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Nov 28, 2019

BAHA Conducts TR4 Containment Simulation on Banana Farm

So, as you heard just now, BAHA is testing their readiness in the event the disease is detected at the border points or on a farm in the country. Moving from the border points to the fields, the team travelled to Georgetown Village to carry out an exercise to test out their bio-security measures in the event that the disease is detected in Belize. Our news team also tagged along to document the activities. We’ll have the full story in Friday’s newscast, but here’s a snippet from today’s event.

 

Francisco Gutierrez

Francisco Gutierrez, Director, Plant Health BAHA

“Today, we conducted a simulation against Fusarium Oxysporum tropical race four, known as banana wilt. It is a disease of quarantine importance, I have to clarify. It is not present in the country. The simulation today is a series of activities geared in the hypothetical case that we have an outbreak site, a series of activities to contain it and to try to eradicate. It is not only activities but bio-security approaches to containing the infection with a given farm, small farm or big commercial area.”

 

Join us on Friday for the full story, where you will hear from BAHA, OIRSA and the Banana Growers Association.


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