In the wake of the outbreak of Fusarium wilt or Panama disease, which is affecting some Cavendish banana plantations in Mindanao, government agencies that have to do with agriculture are mobilizing their resources to help address the problem.
Large amounts of funds have been announced to have been allocated by government agencies to be used to address the banana disease problem. These are the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), and the DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research.
In the case of PCAARRD, an agency of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), it has been addressing the needs of the smallholder banana farmers. For instance, one ongoing PCAARRD project centers on the “Adoption of Science and Technology-Based Integrated Crop Management and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in Lakatan and Cardaba.” The project was launched even before the Fusarium disease was played up in the newspapers and other media.