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August 28th, 2018 / FarmBiz Africa

Bean farmers in Kenya can now harvest up to 600kg per acre in just two months, thanks to a new high yielding variety dubbed Kenya Mali or KAT SW-12 launched in the market two years ago.

Kenya Mali, which was bred by researchers from the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) and the University of Nairobi is highly resistant to drought due to its deep roots and can grow well in any ecological region in the country.

According to Bio-Innovative Africa, a regional agricultural innovation center, this bean variety has the ability to resist some perennial beans diseases like Angular Leaf Spot, Root Rot, Bacterial Blight and Rust blamed for damaging 25 per of beans yield globally. Read more