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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…
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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…
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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.…
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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…
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Effective Aphid Control Depends On The Aphid Species

Aphid control measures differ, depending on whether you're dealing with Mealy Cabbage Aphid or the Green Peach Aphid Too often, I receive calls from growers confused by poor aphid control, highlighting why it is vital to correctly identify…
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Integrated Pest Management (IPM) & Reduced Pesticide Use

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) has since become a buzzword in the Kenya floriculture industry as effective pest management strategy. IPM is the ideal concept to subscribe to and everyone aches to be seen either as an adopter or advocate of…
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Pesticide Residue Analysis & Heavy Metals Analysis Update [Nov 2018]

Here's latest update we have on our pesticide residue analysis & heavy metals analysis. We are a pesticide residue analysis laboratory through our partner lab Groen Agro in the Netherlands Our partners in the Netherlands are continuously…
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Changes in EU Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels [October 2018 Update]

The European Union is constantly revising its Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) to determine the maximum allowable crop pesticide residue in food. Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) A number of changes to regulation EC 396/2005…
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Importance Of Organic Farming

Organic farming has its own strengths and limitations. If pesticides were to be banned from Agriculture, would organic farming sufficiently feed the world? Prof. Bitange Ndemo writes.. I recently read an article by Annie Gowen in the Washington…
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OPINION: To Impose 16% VAT On Pesticides Is Baffling, Self-defeating

The proposal to apply 16% VAT on Pesticides is baffling. It may yet come to haunt the nation through its deleterious effect on agricultural productivity. The Tax Laws (Amendment) Act 2018 ought to be properly interrogated to avoid killing agriculture,…