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Colombia Puts Some Banana Crops In Quarantine On Fungus Concern


BOGOTA, July 14 (Reuters) – Colombia has put a patch of banana crops in the north of the country under quarantine on suspicion they are infested with a fungus that is seen as potentially devastating to the country’s banana exports, the agriculture minister said on Sunday.

The fusarium R4T fungus causes a malady popularly known as Panama disease and can remain in the soil for up to 30 years by attacking the roots of banana plants, which are Colombia’s third-largest agriculture export after coffee and flowers.

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