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.