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Cassava diseases decrease productivity, say experts

Farmers and researchers are lamenting low cassava productivity attributed to the impact of major diseases such as Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) and Cassava Brown Steak Disease (CBSD). CBSD leads to root rot and shows in yellowing and wrinkled leaves.
Its attack can cause losses of up to 100 per cent and reduce the crop’s market value.
According to experts, CBSD has become an extremely serious constraint to cassava production. Addressing a Cassava Stakeholders’ Workshop organised by Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, the team leader of West Africa Virus Epidemiology (WAVE), Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed, noted that cassava, a major root crop is at risk with threats of possible outbreak of CBSD, if proactive measures are not put in place fast. Read more

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