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Category: Pests & Diseases

High-level IGAD forum develops strategies for pest management

Control and management of desert locusts and other pests that threaten food security in eastern and northern Africa are the main agenda of an ongoing…

Ugandan tobacco farmers’ selective deforestation threatens spread of bat-borne viruses, research

A resent research by a team of scientists has indicated how selective deforestation by tobacco farmers in Uganda is threatening the spread of bat-borne viruses…

Highly invasive apple snail pest cuts farmers’ yield by 14 per cent and income by 60 per cent

Apple snail, a highly invasive pest which was first reported in 2020 in Kenya at Mwea Irrigation Settlement Scheme (MIS) has increasingly become a matter…

Drones, local community and insects unite against invasive prickly pear cactus in Laikipia 

In Laikipia County, an innovative approach is being employed to tackle the spread of the invasive prickly pear cactus, Opuntia engelmannii. This troublesome cactus, also…

Wheat blast: a threat to food security

A new study now shows that the global wheat production could reduce by 13 per cent by mid-century (the year 2050) as a result of…