KALRO gives avocado farmers reason to smile with the launch of new mobile app

KALRO Avocado Varieties

They include legume seeds, sweet potato vines, cassava cuttings and brachiaria splits, which are hard to find in local agrovets. Quality seeds are a prerequisite for achieving higher yields

KALRO certified seeds

"Hardy meat goats with potential for milk production. Does can reach 45kgs liveweight and bucks 60kgs. Capable of producing 1 litre of milk per day."

Dairy and Beef farming

Green gram (Vigna radiata) belonging to the Fabaceae family is an annual leguminous crop which is grown for its seeds, which are a high source of nutrients.

Green Gram Production

Camel Research and development in Kenya

For camels there are no organic guidelines and regulation, however the organic principles should be respected, kept and practiced.

KEMFRI Fishery Aquaculture

Aquaculture: Pathway to food security in Kenya...by Andrew Marriott and Odipo Osano


Development of bird damage-tolerant white sorghum varieties

Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench)  has been an under-utilized crop and one of the most important cereal crops in semi-arid tropics (Mukri, et al, 2010).  However, food insecurity which has been accelerated by decline in maize production due to climate change stresses and MLN, and the increased use of sorghum by industrial processors has led to high demand for sorghum grain. Sorghum, which is well adapted to drought and diverse weather conditions (Takuji and Baltazar, 2009) could be an alternative staple food crop (Muui et al, 2013). Despite its suitability, its production area in Kenya is still low at 184,654 ha in 2016 (National Sorghum Production Statistics, 2016). Bird damage, which is a major constraint, is the main reason why farmers shy away from sorghum. Availing bird tolerant high yielding sorghum varieties for food, feed and brewing that are adapted to all the sorghum growing regions will be the main solution. During the ASAL APRP, 10 white sorghum cultivars with bird tolerance traits were identified; among them are Makueni local and TZ Mchawi. More sorghum lines with bird tolerance and ability to brew have been bred in collaboration with ICRISAT. Further evaluation of these lines will lead to release of bird tolerant lines. The following sub-activities are proposed:

  • Participatory evaluation and selection of Makueni local, TZ Mchawi and other bird escaping open-pollinated varieties (OPVs) and hybrid lines
  • National Performance Trial (NPT) for the best performing lines with KEPHIS
  • Registration and release of varieties