African Journal of
Plant Science

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Plant Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0824
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPS
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 768

Full Length Research Paper

Distribution and farmers’ knowledge on Fusarium wilt (Race 1) in cropping systems of Uganda

Elias Oyesigye
  • Elias Oyesigye
  • Department of Environment and Livelihoods Support System, Mbarara University of Science Technology, P. O. Box 1410, Mbarara Uganda.
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William Tinzara
  • William Tinzara
  • Bioversity International, P. O. Box 24384, Kampala, Uganda.
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Georgina Karamura
  • Georgina Karamura
  • Bioversity International, P. O. Box 24384, Kampala, Uganda.
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Wacal Cosmas
  • Wacal Cosmas
  • Faculty of Agriculture, Uganda Martyrs University, P. O. Box 5498, Kampala, Uganda.
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  •  Received: 21 September 2021
  •  Accepted: 10 November 2021
  •  Published: 30 November 2021

Abstract

The study aimed at understanding the spatial distribution of Fusarium wilt (FW) in different banana growing regions, ascertain the effect of management practices and plantation age on FW incidence, as well as investigate farmers’ knowledge regarding the symptoms and spread of FW in Uganda. Individual interviews were conducted in 119 farms using a pre-tested questionnaire and field observations during a survey in major banana growing regions. Results indicate that FW is widely distributed across the banana growing areas with more occurrences (70%) in Kapchorwa district and majority of respondents (63.4%) reported increasing disease prevalence. A chi-square test performed revealed significant association between FW incidence and plantation age with more incidences (51.6%) recorded in older plantations (>20 years of establishment) than newly (1-5 years) established ones (11.1%). FW incidence was significantly associated with plantation management with higher incidences (86.9%) recorded in well managed plantations. Half of interviewed farmers could explain and distinguish symptoms associated with FW from other diseases, but only 38.4% of these could tell how the disease spreads; thus, a need for more concerted efforts in building the capacity of farmers to identify the symptoms and spread of FW for effective management program. We identified preliminary evidence that field abandonment is sometimes used as a last option for coping up with FW. Understanding the mechanism behind this requires more detailed research as well as establishing how farmers are managing FW culturally.

 

Key words: Fusarium wilt, farmers’ knowledge, spatial distribution, Uganda.