Farmers desperate as virus ravages cassava crops

Kampala: Brown streak virus — named for the marks it leaves on the plant stem — is now ravaging cassava crops in a great swath around Lake Victoria, threatening millions of East Africans who grow the tuber as their staple food. Dr. Fauquet fears brown streak will cross the Congo Basin to Nigeria, the world’s biggest grower, because farmers sell cuttings to one another and border controls are nonexistent or can be evaded. Read more here.

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