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Category: The Agronomist

This Golden beauty sucks all the life out of your plants

For a first-timer, the sight of the golden dodder plant arouses curiosity. The mellow-yellow plant comfortably wreathes itself around other plants, presenting a beautiful image….

Rice farmers tackling destructive Golden Apple Snails

Rice farmers in the Mwea region of Kirinyaga County have been given tips on the management of the snails threatening paddy rice production. The programme…

Pest and diseases that affect passion fruits

Nearly all passion fruit growing areas in Kenya are infested with the woodiness viral disease, USAid-Kaves says. This and other pests and diseases limit the…

Want to keep your mangoes fresh? Wax them

In a few weeks’ time, the sight of rotting mangoes on farms will once again start haunting us. Reason? It is another mango harvesting season…

A fatal attraction that controls the devastating fall armyworm

A fatal attraction that controls the devastating fall armyworm A recent scientific study found that a proprietary blend of naturally occurring moth attractants, is effective for controlling the fall…

MANAGING BLACK-LEAF STREAK DISEASE IN BANANAS

This disease can reduce the weight of your banana bunch by up to 50 per cent and result in over 60 percent loss in production

Bayer donates Ksh100m pesticides to fight desert locusts

According to the latest Pesticide Reference Group (PRG) report, the Kenya received 120,000 litres Deltamethrin valued at Ksh70 million, with Uganda getting 50,000 litres of…

Is your farm produce free of aflatoxins?

There are 14 types  of aflatoxins but four – B1, B2, G1, and G2 are particularly dangerous to humans and animals. Aflatoxin M1 (AFM1), a…

Say Goodbye to Downy Mildew in rose stems

Downy mildew, Peronospora sparsa, is among the most feared diseases in industrial rose production in the highland tropics. Outbreaks are triggered when the presence of…

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