Celebrating the 1st Hybrid Coconut Launch in Matuga, Kwale County

Matuga, Kwale County - 1st February 2019 marked a momentous occasion for the Coconut industry in Kenya, especially to Kenya’s coastal communities as the first hybrid coconuts were transplanted from a KEPHIS managed quarantine nursery to the field in Matuga, Kwale County.

The hybrid variety - a cross between the tall, conventional Tall Coconut Variety and the dwarf variety - is bound to change the fortunes of families at the coast as it takes about 3 years to mature and produces 250 - 300 nuts annually as opposed to the tall variety which takes 5 – 7 years and produces an average of 100 nuts annually. The coconut, described as the ‘sleeping giant sub-sector’, is the lifeblood of the coastal counties - Kwale, Kilifi, Taita Taveta, Lamu and Mombasa - with 100,000 families dependent on the crop for their livelihood.

The coconut sub-sector contributes an estimated 1.5% to the agricultural GDP and 0.4% of Kenya’s GDP. Coconuts are known to be the source of more than 120 products which support livelihood in nutrition, housing and health.
5,000 seed nuts were brought into Kenya from India in December 2018 and planted in a quarantine site under KEPHIS supervision at KARLO Matuga in Kwale County. To date, 2,137 have germinated and are ready for transplanting to open quarantine at the research station while others shall be distributed to selected farmers in Taita Taveta, Kwale and Kilifi Counties.

KEPHIS MD Dr Esther Kimani planting a hybrid coconut in Matuga, Kwale County. The hybrid coconut is expected to change the fortunes of coastal farmers due to its faster maturity time, more fruits compared to the conventional East African Tall Variety and safer harvesting.

The process of importing the hybrids started in 2017 when officials from KEPHIS conducted a Pest Risk Analysis on Hybrid Coconuts from India to determine the phytosanitary (plant health) risks associated with importation of seed nuts and the subsequent management measures to be put in place. Upon completion of the pest risk analysis, Kenya through KEPHIS and the Government of India signed a Memorandum of Understanding to allow for importation of the hybrid coconut seedlings. Once imported from India, the seedlings were planted under KEPHIS supervised closed quarantine facilities in Matuga for close observation before transplanting. Samples were drawn from the seedlings for disease analysis in KEPHIS molecular laboratory for the presence of the Yellowing Necrosis Disease, a process that found no trace of the disease.
Speaking during the transplanting ceremony, KEPHIS MD Dr Esther Kimani urged the farmers to report any plant diseases to KEPHIS or agricultural officers in the county for advice on mitigation measures. She also reiterated the need for stakeholders to get a Plant Import Permit (PIP) before importing any plants into the country.
A technical committee comprising KEPHIS, MEPST, NOCD, Pwani University and KALRO have been steering the process to ensure safe introduction of improved coconut variety to the region. The initiative responds to the Kenya Government’s Big 4 Agenda on Food Security and Nutrition, Housing, Manufacturing and Universal Health Care. The Coconut is known to cut across the four agendas and therefore improving its value chain is expected to increase the sub-sector income from the current annual income of KES 12 billion to KES 25 billion.

Hybrid Coconuts in a KEPHIS supervised quarantine facility in Matuga, Kwale County. The coconuts went through molecular testing for the yellowing necrosis disease which tested negative for the disease.

Left: The conventional coconut variety planted by coastal communities for decades and right, the new introduced hybrid variety

Copyright © 2019 Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service. All Rights Reserved.
Your Visitor Number 33193
You may only need to pay for a copy of the Handbags Replica few hundred dollars. At the same time, you need to prepare a real thousands of dollars. Generally speaking,hoop earrings, most women would choose to copy high-quality UK Replica handbags, to save costs. these ancient Replicas watches copies of the parts is indeed second to none to suit your clothes or a friend or family gift. Because they imitate every detail of the authentic, 100% produced only a few experts can truly be separated from pieces of them separately.Therefore, it is safe for one night, or wedding. They only spend half your money, you should pay the real in the. No wonder why the uk Replica watches their second choice is second to none in this world. Women often feel that they need their own players when it comes to fashion Replica watches us and their appearance. Was wearing a Gucci Watches replica shoulder bag is the real number of very impressive and gave her a certain degree of trust and respect of the plot to see. Do not you think? There are nice accessories. There are beautiful accessories. There are Rolex Replicas elegant accessories. There are many great Replica rolex daytona accessories, but not all of them are truly luxurious. Only extraordinary and outstanding things can be called so and one of them, for sure is the red bag that is one of the latest Pekaboo versions by Fendi. This  Replica Watch is destined to have a very long lasting popularity, because so luxurious accessories are always in fashion and are always desired by women who want to look beautiful and to draw attention of others.