Department Of Agriculture Closely Monitoring Recent Outbreak of Disease Affecting Mango Trees

(MOA, Basseterre, St. Kitts :

The Plant Quarantine unit at the Department of Agriculture has been closely monitoring the recent outbreak of a disease affecting mango trees on the island.

We understand the significant impact this issue has on local agriculture, and we are making every effort to identify the cause and develop an effective treatment plan. Our team of plant health experts has been working diligently to diagnose the disease affecting the mango trees. Initial assessments indicate that the symptoms are consistent with anthracnose, a fungal disease that can severely impact mango fruit production and quality. However The exact cause of the disease is currently unknown, and experts are actively investigating its origin, transmission, and potential control measures.

Initial assessments suggest that the disease may be caused by a combination of environmental factors, pathogens, and possibly new strains of pests. Farmers are urged to remain vigilant and report any suspected cases of the disease to their local agricultural authorities for further investigation.

Upon confirming the disease, the Plant Quarantine unit will implement a comprehensive treatment plan to address the outbreak. This plan will involve a multi-pronged approach, including:

• Conducting extensive surveys to determine the extent of the disease’s spread

• Implementing targeted fungicide applications to control the fungal pathogen

• Providing guidance and support to local mango growers on best management practices

• Exploring long-term solutions, such as the introduction of disease-resistant mango varieties.

In the meantime, several precautionary measures can be taken to mitigate the spread of the disease, including:

– Quarantine Measures: Quarantine infected areas to prevent the spread of the disease to unaffected areas.

–Pruning affected areas: Prune the tree to remove diseased twigs and branches and open up the canopy for better air circulation and light penetration.

– Sanitation Practices: Implement strict sanitation practices to reduce the transmission of pathogens through contaminated tools, equipment, and plant materials.

–Plant Monitoring: Regularly monitor mango trees for signs and symptoms of the disease and take appropriate action if detected.

–Research and Development: Invest in research and development efforts to better understand the disease and develop effective control strategies.

For more information please contact the Plant Quarantine Unit at the Department of Agriculture (869)-467-1826/1825 or email:

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