The fungal disease Tropical race 4 (TR4) was discovered on a commercial farm in Monapo distrit,Nampula province, northern Mozambique, early in 2013, and the responsible fungus subsequently identified first by the Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique and confirmed by the Stellenbosch University in South Africa. The Ministry of Agriculture, Mozambique, through the National Directorate of Agrarian Services, said that “according to their knowledge, the outbreak is still limited to a few fields on the farm”. All sites where the disease was found have now been isolated, the affected plants destroyed, and appropriate phytosanitary measures have been implemented to prevent the disease from spreading.
The Ministry of Agriculture of Mozambique officials have visited the farm, and have introduced in-country measures to contain and prevent spread to other parts of the country. A stakeholder consultation meeting to explain the outbreak was held in Maputo in November 2013, and will be followed by similar meetings in neighboring countries to raise awareness, heighten surveillance and put in place an emergency response plan.