Glimmer of hope as scientists batle lethal potato nematodes Glimmer of hope as scientists battle lethal potato nematodes

  By Christine Ochogo I christawine@gmail.com Every season, Margaret Kenzi, a potato farmer in Kenya’s Rift Valley, tirelessly works in her potato farm with hopes of a bumper harvest.  To her dismay, her efforts of three years have hardly yielded as she does not use certified potato seeds. She attributes this sorry state to the…

Replacing old rice varieties

Breeders in Kenya plan to replace rice varieties that farmers have been using for the last three decades. Dr John Kimani, a rice breeder and the Mwea Centre Director at the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organisation says some rice varieties were developed 32 years ago, yet farmers are still using them to date. Some…