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Pesticides out, biodiversity in for Bananas

December 19th, 2018

Promusa  reports that banana farming in the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique used to rely heavily on pesticides. At least until the 1990s, when a series of bans on pesticides that were used against weevils and nematodes prompted a gradual switch to more sustainable and less damaging alternatives, such as crop rotations, fallows and biological control using pheromone traps.

 

We can see more biodiversity in the

Ground cover (Photo: UGPBAN)

banana fields but evaluating the impact of adopting agroecological approaches, such as the introduction of ground cover (see photo), is a complex undertaking. Read more in the Promusa newsletter


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