KEPHIS and Kericho County Train Farmers on Mitigating against the Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease

Cheborgei, Kericho County - Farmers in Kericho County have been urged to plant alternative crops to counter the Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease. Speaking during a farmers field day in Cheborgei, Agriculture Principal Secretary Dr. Richard Lesiyampe advised the farmers that tolerant varieties were available and farmers should plant these so the disease is minimized.

Another way of controlling the disease was planting certified seed for enhanced yields.
Kericho Governor Prof. Paul Chepkwony informed the over 700 farmers present that pineapples from the county now have a market in Israel and they farmers should explore exporting the fruit. He also urged the youth to take up agribusiness. "I want to urge the young people here to take up agribusiness and not leave it to the older generation," he said.
On the Fall Army Worm, the Chief Guest Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter advised the farmers that there were now pesticides available to mitigate against the pest. "The pesticides have now been approved for use by farmers and they will bring the pest population down," he stated.
KEPHIS MD Dr. Esther Kimani urged the farmers to seek assistance and advice on any agricultural issues to the nearest KEPHIS office, nearest ministry of agriculture office or nearest country agricultural office.
The field day was organized by KEPHIS Nakuru regional office in conjunction with the county government of Kericho. Some of the crops on display were maize, sorghum, Rhodes grass, beans, cabbage and potatoes.
The Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease was first reported in Bomet a few years ago and has since being controlled but there are still some areas with pockets of the disease.

 

KEPHIS MD Dr Esther Kimani explaining a maize variety tolerant to the Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease to CS Charles Keter(right), Kericho Governor Prof Paul Chepkwony(in glasses) and Agriculture PS Dr. Richard Lesiyampe(left)KEPHIS MD Dr Esther Kimani explaining a maize variety tolerant to the Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease to CS Charles Keter(right), Kericho Governor Prof Paul Chepkwony(in glasses) and Agriculture PS Dr. Richard Lesiyampe(left).



PS Agriculture Dr Richard Lesiyampe addressing farmers at Cheborgei Field Day in Kericho County. He urged farmers to plant certified seed, to plant alternative crops such as potatoes and plant tolerant maize varieties to counter the Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease.


Kericho Governor Prof. Paul Chepkwony addressing farmers during the Cheborgei Field day in Kericho county. He advised that there is market in Israel for Kericho's pineappes. He also urged the youth to take up agriculture as a business.




CS Charles Keter during the Cheborgei field day in Kericho county. He represented Hon. Willy Bett during the event. He advised the over 700 farmers present that recommended pesticides were now available for use in controlling the Fall Army Worm.



A healthy soughum crop which was
on display at the Cheborgei Field Day,
Kericho county.



Potatoes on display at the Cheborgei Field Day, Kericho county. Farmers in the area were urged to plant alternative crops such as pototoes to mitigate against the Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease.



 

Cabbages: farmers were urged to plant alternative crops such as vegetables to mitigate against the Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease.

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