Plant viruses tomato mosaic virus

An Introduction To Plant Viruses

Plant viruses are pathogenic to higher plants.  They can cause a dramatic decrease in yield, quality and shelf life and even plant death.  Plant virus are made up of a strand of nucleic acid (DNA or RNA) surrounded by a protein sheath.  Technically…
Maximum Residue Limits mrls

Changes In EU Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels [October 2019 Update]

Pesticide Residues Recently, the EU have published 4 changes to regulations regarding pesticide residues. These changes will become active in July and August of 2019 and in January of 2020: 1. Regulation EU 2019/973 is an amendment to Annex…

Common Potato Pests And Diseases

Potato Pests and diseases. Here we will look at the main pests and diseases that affect potato yields in Kenya. The Irish potato, Solanum tuberosum, is an important staple crop grown in Kenya.  Potatoes are extremely good for us!  Potatoes…
Fall army worm (FAW)

The Disastrously Destructive Fall Army Worm (FAW)

Fall Army Worm (FAW), is a new emerging invasive pest that is wreaking havoc in Kenya and many other parts of the world, causing huge losses to farmers and impacting on food security.  FAW or Spodoptera frugiperda, is a caterpillar native to…
Pesticide Residue

Changes in EU Legislation On Pesticide Residues [July 2019 Update]

Recently, the EU have published 5 changes to regulations regarding pesticide residues. These changes will become active in April and August of 2019 and include reductions and elevations of the Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for different products: 1.…
Importance role of organic matter in soil fertility

Understanding Boron Deficiency In Crops

Boron deficiency symptoms first appear at growing points of the shoot and roots and in the flowering and fruiting structures. Often terminal buds die and shoot internodes shorten, leading to stubby, distorted new growth emerging from side shoots…
Importance role of organic matter in soil fertility

Recent Changes In EU Maximum Residue Levels [April 2019 Update]

A number of changes to regulation EC 396/2005 have been published affecting Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) . The first regulation has already been active since the first of January 2019. The other changes will become active in July…
molybdenum deficiency in plants

Molybdenum Role in Healthy Crop Production

Molybdenum nutrient in crops and plants is classified as a micro nutrient as the amount required is very, very small, as little as 50g/ha will satisfy the needs of most crops. Molybdenum (Mo) is a transition metal that sits on the second…
Potato

Starter Guide To Profitable Potato Farming

Potato farming in Kenya is gaining ground as demand for the potatoes grow due rapid urbanization and the good price the crop fetches.. Potato farming production around the globe has risen steadily over the years (267 million metric tons in…
Importance role of organic matter in soil fertility

Soil Organic Matter

Natural organic fertilizers are derived from animal or plant matter, manures, algal and seaweed products, and organic wastes from processing and food industries.  They have a high carbon content and tend to be more diverse in nutrient content,…