Most of banana plants in Malaysia are being attacked by some kind of diseases which destroy the crops and affects the livelihood of farmers. The bacteria attacks the fruits causing them to rot before they ripen.
The bacteria affecting the banana was first detected in Pontian, Johor, in March 2007.
According to the news, to date, it has spread extensively to other states in the peninsula, namely Kedah, Perak, Negri Sembilan, Malacca, Pahang and Kelantan.
It was reported that the disease was believed to have been inadvertently brought in the country by certain farmers through equipments stained with soil contaminated by the bacteria. Hopefully, the relevant agencies will strictly control the movement of the disease from spreading to other states in Malaysia.
If no further actions are being done, I am afraid that we as Malaysian will not be able to enjoy any hot pisang goreng in the near future. Also, we will not be able to have krepek pisang due to the shortages of bananas in the country. Most of small medium enterprises (SME) involved in business related to banana will surely be affected by the disease.
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