‘Invest in cassava disease mitigation’

GOVERNMENT has been urged to invest in the mitigation of cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) to accelerate production as part of the country’s agricultural diversification programme.
The CBSD is a virus that turns the tuber to brown and sometimes appear on young green stems.
Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI) deputy director Monde Zulu said the disease has broken out in the country and threatens the growth of the sector.
Cassava is the second most important staple food crop in terms of per capita calories consumed in the country and holds potential for climate change adaptation.
Mrs Zulu, however, said cassava productivity is severely constrained by CBSD, which is a damaging disease of cassava plants and is especially troublesome in East Africa

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