Impact of successful technologies on the multiplication of plantain and banana

Adoption and impact of the project "Strengthening plantain value chains: Technological innovations to reduce agrochemicals- FTG-0605"

Context of the story

Plantain is a staple in the diet of thousands of people in Latin American and Caribbean countries. In addition, it generates permanent income for small and medium farmers, contributing to the social development of the regions where it is grown. However, banana production requires technological improvement that strengthens the competitiveness of the value chain, mainly in terms of phytosanitary management of the crop with strategies that reduce the use of agro-toxins. The FONTAGRO FTG-605 project developed technologies for the phytosanitary management of plantain, including thermal cameras for the production of hills and seedlings, identification of disease-resistant genotypes, development and use of leachates, biological controllers and bio-fertilizer.

Quantification of impacts

The implemented initiative

Development and use of technologies for the phytosanitary management of plantain, including thermal cameras for the production of hills and seedlings, identification of disease resistant genotypes, development and use of leachates, biological controllers and low-cost bio-fertilizers.

Objectives of the Project

The technological solution

Evaluate the degree of adoption of technologies and the social, economic and environmental impacts generated by the FONTAGRO project.
Expand technological adoptions of bananas to improve the health and competitiveness of the banana production chain in Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela.

The thermal camera technology for the massive propagation of plantain and banana seeds that was implemented during the execution of the FTG-605 project has continued its use of an investigative or productive type and has been reproduced in other area
Elizabeth Álvarez

Results

- 161 accessions conserved at the Fedeplátano station.
- 57% reduction in seed production costs.
- 90% reduction in the use of seed disinfectants.
- 16 genotypes (plantain and banana) with characteristics of partial resistance to black Sigatoka and 2 tolerant genotypes to Moko were identified.
- 50% reduction in fungicide applications for the control of black Sigatoka in the hartón and Dominico hartón varieties, with the use of leachate in combination with traditional fungicides.

Participating Organizations

International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) - Colombia
FEDEPLATANO  - Colombia
Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agrícolas (INIA) - Venezuela
Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIAP) - Ecuador

Main donors

FONTAGRO
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