Biotic constraints to passion fruit production in central and eastern provinces of Kenya

Passion fruit is an important crop in Kenya for income generation. However, passion fruit production faces major challenges due to pests and diseases that have led to yield losses of 50-100%. To support development of effective integrated management measures, a survey was carried out in July 2010 in Central and Eastern provinces. Results showed that >70% of farmers in the surveyed area had abandoned passion fruit farming due to dieback, fusarium wilt, brown spot, phytophthora canker and woodiness virus infections and pests like thrips and mites.
Le fruit de la passion(ou passiflore) est une culture importante au Kenya pour la génération de revenus. Cependant, la production de ce fruit fait face aux défis majeurs à cause des parasites et des maladies qui ont conduit à des pertes de rendement de 50-100%. Pour soutenir le développement de mesures efficaces de gestion intégrée, un sondage a été réalisé en Juillet 2010 dans les provinces centrale et orientale. Les résultats ont montré que plus de 70% d’agriculteurs dans le milieu étudié ont abandonné l’agriculture de passiflore à cause du dépérissement, de la fusariose, de la tache brune, du chancre de Phytophthora et des infections virales et des parasites comme les Thysanoptères et les acariens.
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