This is part of the Integrated Water Resources Management Project which is targeting 1,000 households to directly benefit from the new livelihood changing projects under the plan for the Restoration and Protection of the River Rwizi Ecosystem and Catchment Area.
Joconoius Musingwire, the National Environment Management Authority-NEMA regional manager in southwestern Uganda says they have identified the use of herbicides as a new and easiest method used by encroachers. Some of the herbicides used to clear wetlands include weed master 24D and DUDU.
The disease affects the colour of the banana fingers and bunches from green to brown or black, according to one of the affected farmers Nestori Aturinda. He says that the disease eventually results in premature ripening and shrinking of the banana’s, yet even when cooked, they remain hard and inedible.