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KALRO certified seeds

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Dairy and Beef farming

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Green Gram Production

Camel Research and development in Kenya

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KEMFRI Fishery Aquaculture

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John Deo

2016-06-16

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Disseminate climate smart Integrated Pest Management (IPM) technologies for control of fruit fly and seed weevil in mangoes

A major challenge facing mango industry in Kenya is fruit fly and mango seed weevil infestation. The two pests are classified as quarantine pests and therefore have prevented farmers from accessing export markets which gives better returns than the local market. It has been reported that the loss due to fruit fly infestation can be as high as 40 % in some areas while for mango weevil the loss ranges from 20-30 %. Besides the economic loss incurred by farmers as a result of these pests, farmers and consumers are also exposed to hazardous chemicals used to control them. There is therefore need to have environmentally friendly approaches to control these pests. KALRO together with other partners have over the years developed appropriate integrated pest management approaches for control of these two pests which can be disseminated to farmers. This project therefore proposes to disseminate/upscale these technologies in order to reduce the losses and increase incomes for farmers. Sub-activities of focus include:

  • Avail quality planting materials of mango varieties developed by KALRO
  • Disseminate technologies for  mango production developed by  KALRO
  • Capacity building on IPM and good agronomic practices (GAP)
  • Facilitate availability of inputs for IPM
  • Establish and operationalise innovation platforms in value chain
  • Enhance value addition and job creation in the mango product value chain
  • Capacity building on collective marketing
  • Linkage of farmers to markets
  • Establish and operationalise innovation platforms in value chain
  • Enhance value addition and job creation in the product value chain
  • Promote farmer to farmer learning exchange tours

Before launching this activity, the project will coordinate with EU funded DANIDA/MESPT component of AgriFI and with UNIDO MarkUP programme, which could possibly target similar initiatives, in order to avoid overlapping.