Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International identifies pests that threaten Kenya’s agriculture

KENYA – The Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) has led a research which prioritizes 120 potential Invasive Alien Species (IAS) that could pose a threat to agriculture and biodiversity in Kenya. From the initial assessment, the study, published in the journal Biological Invasions, drew up a list of 21 arthropods, 9 nematodes and 20 pathogenic species which the…

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Kenya turns to biological control of papaya mealybug

KENYA – Kenyan scientists have stepped up the use of the encyrtid wasp to manage the papaya mealybug, which is ranked among top pests affecting papaya and other horticultural crops. The mealybug is also a serious threat to greenhouse farms and can distress whole crops if left unmanaged. Scientists from the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (Cabi), the Kenya…

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 Kenya’s government launches US$ 260 thousand to enable access to certified potato seeds

KENYA – The government of Kenya has launched a ksh30 million ( around US$ 260 thousand)  project in Nakuru that will enable more farmers to access certified potato seeds to fight poverty and hunger via increased food production. The project which is financed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries under the National Agricultural Rural Inclusive and Growth Project…

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KALRO implores farmers to adopt Good Agricultural Practices to ensure produce safety

KENYA – Kenya Agricultural Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO) has implored farmers to adopt Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for tomato production in order to ensure quality and safe produce for the consumers and also safeguard the environment. This was during a farmers’ field day  at Rombo in Kajiado County under the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP) programme, which is the…

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KALRO follows up on improved chicken project in Kenya’s Migori County

KENYA – Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) officials have visited Migori farmers in Nyatike Sub County to evaluate how the upscaling KALRO improved indigenous chicken project is being implemented. In May 2020, KALRO with the support of the Kenyan Government and European Union, sponsored Blue Cross Nyakite, a non-governmental organization, with Ksh6.8m (US$ 61151)  to upscale KALRO improved…

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Kenya acclaims cultivation of genetically modified cassava following NBA safety assessment

 KENYA – Kenya has become the first country globally to give a green light to the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) cassava, capable of resisting the destructive cassava brown streak disease (CBSD). CBSD is a viral disease spread by whiteflies and infected cuttings, which leads to devastating losses of up to 98 percent for cassava farmers in Kenya. Cassava is…

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