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January 7th, 2019 / Business Daily Africa

Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (Kalro) has released eight maize varieties resistant to maize lethal necrosis disease.

Regional research officer John Karanja said the eight varieties have been developed for different climatic conditions.

“Besides their resistance to this disease, they are also hardy and can withstand inadequate rainfall regimes as well as mature within three months,” he said.

He promised maize farmers Kalro is also nearing developing varieties that are immune to the fall army worm pest.

The organisation in collaboration with partner researchers have been working together to find a solution to the pest that for the past three years has destroyed nearly 500,000 acres of maize.

He said Kalro is concerned that maize diseases in the country are a threat to one of the Big Four national development agendas, that is food sufficiency. Read more