Jamaica On High Alert As Deadly Banana Disease Spreads In The Americas


Portfolio Minister, Audley Shaw, says the Agriculture Ministry is on high alert to prevent a deadly disease which could impact Jamaica’s multi-billion dollar banana and plantain industry from entering the island.

Minister Shaw says it’s been confirmed  that the Tropical Race 4 disease entered Colombia on August 8 this year.

In August, reports emerged in the international media that the disease which has wreaked havoc on banana plantations in the Eastern Hemisphere has, despite years of preventative efforts, arrived in the Americas.

Minister Shaw told the House of Representatives this afternoon that officials in Jamaica have intensified efforts to prevent the disease from affecting the island.

Minister Shaw says the government has undertaken several measures to protect the banana and plantain sector.

Audley Shaw, Agriculture Minister, delivering a statement this afternoon to the House of Representatives.

Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.

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