Guava industry worried about wilting disease outbreak

Guava producers in the Western Cape are looking forward to a better year after difficult weather conditions during 2011 caused massive crop losses.

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Meanwhile guava farmers in the northern parts of the country are facing a serious threat and several hectares of trees have already been destroyed due to a guava wilt disease outbreak. According to guava farmer, Gerhard van Rooyen of Phatala Boerdery in Limpopo, more than 20 hectares of trees have had to be destroyed in attempt to stop the spread of the disease, but the industry is struggling to contain the outbreak.

Read the full story in the 4 May 2012 issue of FW.