Call to action to save the banana – TR4 Biosecurity Add-On for bananas

Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense – tropical race 4 (TR4), which is also referred to as “Foc 4”, is the most imminent threat to the banana industry and to those livelihoods that depend on banana production and consumption. There is currently no known effective treatment to control the disease for Cavendish cultivars. Therefore, preventive measures are the only viable option.

For this reason, the GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat has developed the TR4 Biosecurity Add-on for Bananas, a tool that provides farmers with a risk mitigation plan to prevent the introduction (and/or further spreading) of the TR4 pathogen to, within, and from farms with GLOBALG.A.P. certified production processes.

Leonardo Ferrer