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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Kakuzi gets nod from Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service to export fresh avocados to China

KENYA – Kenyan fresh food producer and exporter Kakuzi Plc, has invested more than Kshs 200 million (US$1.75m) in the last one year to guarantee quality production and environmental management practices that align with both local and globally recognized standards. The company’s sustained co-operation and commitments to maintain the highest possible production and environmental management standards has enabled it to…

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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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China grants Kenyan avocado exporters access to domestic market dotted with strict requirements

KENYA – Kenyan avocado exporters will now have opportunity to sell their fresh produce to the populous Far East nation, China, which had initially in 2019 only allowed in the fruit in its frozen form. The opening comes after a successful completion of the rigorous Pest Risk Analysis carried out by Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) and the National…

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Avocado Society of Kenya crowns KEPHIS as best government institution

KENYA – The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) has been crowned as the best government institution in the avocado value chain by the Avocado Society of Kenya (ASOK), a registered association for avocado growers, exporters and other Value – chain players. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Avocado Society of Kenya Mr. Ernest Muthomi, presented Prof Theophilus Mutui,…

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Kenya sends delegation to Belgium in bid to resume mango exports to EU

KENYA – Kenya has dispatched a delegation to Brussels, Belgium’s capital, in its quest to redominate the lucrative European Union (EU) market with its mango exports. The team, led by Directorate of Horticulture and Kenya Health Plant Inspectorate Service (Kephis) officials, is steering negotiations to have the country access the market after nearly a decade of having not exported the…

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Diagnostic experts trained to detect invasive Mango Mealy-bug pest

EASTERN AFRICA – The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS), regulatory agency responsible for assurance on the quality of agriculture inputs and produce, are training 18 diagnostic experts from the nine countries that comprise the FAO Eastern Africa sub-region, to detect a new invasive mealy-bug pest that has arrived in the Eastern Africa sub region, called the Mango Mealy- bug.…

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TASAI reveals a decline in counterfeit seeds cases

KENYA – The African Seed Access Index (TASAI), a tool that monitors indicators that are essential to seed sector development at national level, has depicted that Kenya’s efforts towards eradicating the sale of counterfeit seeds are bearing fruit, thanks to use of verification sticker labels. The Seeds and Plant Varieties (Seeds) Regulations (MALFC, 2016b) make it mandatory for all certified…

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