French Bananas Near Organic Status

16-10-2019    21:40   |    Fruitnet

Organic certification is opening up to banana producers in the French West Indian islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe, who have previously been forced to use synthetic fungicides to stave off moisture-related diseases like black Sigatoka.

The Centre for International Cooperation in Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD) and the Tropical Technical Institute (IT2) have been working to crossbreed varieties to obtain a banana that is resistant to such diseases and can withstand the journey to export markets, according to Champagnes & Environment.

Approximately 20ha has been dedicated to the banana’s production in Guadeloupe, expected to be marketed in 2020 under the name "La Pointe d'Or" (a touch of gold).

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