ATTENTION ALL BANANA AND PLANTAIN FARMERS

DROUGHT WATCH!!!!

Banana plants suffer in drought conditions. When there is no rain or irrigation the plants do not grow. When the soil is dry the roots cannot take up water and fertilizer.

What does the drought do to banana plants?

1. Plants  grow slowly or not at all

2. Plants show signs of stress (rosetting or bunching of leaves)

3. Fruits develop poorly and weigh less

4. Leaves turn yellow and break

5. Insect attacks increase

6. Fruits ripen before time

7. Trunk breaks easily

How can we best manage the drought stress in banana plantations?

1. Do not strip the bark from the trunks

2. Do not cut off leaves unnecessarily

3. After reaping, chop the trunk as high as possible (just below the leaves)

4. Mulch the soil around each banana plant with leaves and chopped up trunk

5. For leaf spot control:

a. Use water based-fungicides (for example Manzate or Mancozeb) where applicable

OR

b. Use oil and water (emulsion) as the liquid base for other fungicides.

6. To fertilize:

a. Bury granular fertilizers in the soil 18 inches from each plant

OR

b. Dissolve the fertilizer in water and use the  injector pump to force below the soil

c. Mix soluble fertilizers (20.20.20 and urea) with leafspot control mixture to spray the leaves.

7. Do not apply nematicides at this time

8. Do not use chemical weedicides. Chopping weeds with machete or weed wacker but be careful not to cut the banana plants.


For further information please contact:


The Banana Board:

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10 South Avenue, Kingston 4 (Kingston Gardens): Tel: 876-922-2083

Trinity Boxing Plant, St Mary: Tel: 876-994-9868

Boundbrook Wharf, Portland:  Tel: 876-993-4245


 

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