Biotech Updates

Kenya Develops Maize-bug Resistant Seeds

October 31, 2012

The recent crop disease in Kenya known as maize lethal necrosis (MLN) has been seriously hurting the agriculture sector in the country. Reports say that the disease can bring loss to farmer's yield for as much as sixty percent and researchers have found that it continues to spread across the country.

With these, the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (Kephis) is on its way to develop seed varieties that can withstand MLN. Kephis managing director James Onsando said they are looking for a long term solution to the disease that destroyed more than 10,000 acres of maize in the country in the past two months. He added that they are also working with other agencies in Kenya's Ministry of Agriculture to combat MLN.

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