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AUGURA Gives Recommendations to Banana Growers due to El Niño Phenomenon

11.1.2019

The Association of Banana Growers of Colombia (Augura) has recommended to all its members a series of technical actions so that their banana crops are affected as little as possible during the first quarter of the New Year, a period characterized by light rainfall. According to official information from the National Agency for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and IDEAM, the phenomenon of El Niño will be fully developed from January to March 2019, in the north and east of Colombia, said the agency.

"These recommendations were also based on climatological data collected from 1982 to 2017 by the Tulenapa and Campo Experimental de Augura weather stations in Urabá. The numbers indicate that, historically, there is a reduction in precipitation during December of 32% and during January, February and March of 35%. That is why we have to take all the necessary agronomic measures so that our production maintains the highest quality standards," said Augura president Juan Camilo Restrepo Gómez.

During the intense summer season the plantation is stressed, so the Center for Banana Research (Cenibanano), recommends the immediate application of anti-stress nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, zinc and boron to reduce the negative impacts of the low rains, as an additional application to the conventional fertilization plan established for the farms.

"The banana sector has not been oblivious to climate change, in recent years our plantations have been affected by intense summers and winter waves that threaten productivity, so we will continue to insist to the National Government on the need to advance projects that shield us before the attacks of nature by means of projects like the District of Adaptation of Lands for Urabá and the construction of reservoirs in the department of the Magdalena", concluded the union leader.

Other actions suggested by the association include applying irrigation as frequently as possible but at moderate discharges, trying to supply daily evapotranspiration in addition to covering the soil of the crop with leaves and other organic elements to preserve humidity.

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