Preferred banana varieties and their seed systems in Eastern and Central provinces of Kenya

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Banana is an important crop for food security in Kenya. Its production has been hindered by scarcity of seedlings and pests, among other factors. A recent survey in eastern and central Kenya showed that desert varieties are prefered due to market demand. Natural regeneration is also preferred by most farmers (>85%) but it is inefficient and a source of pests and diseases to new plantations. On the other hand, adoption of tissue culture has been hindered by high cost of seedlings. Farmers need to be educated on shortcomings of natural regeneration and affordable seedling delivery system implemented. Macropropagation supported by an efficient delivery system is proposed to boost banana production in Kenya.
La banane est une culture importante pour la sécurité alimentaire au Kenya. Sa production a été entravée par la pénurie de pépinières et animaux nuisibles, entre autres facteurs. Une enquête récente dans la partie orientale et centrale du Kenya a montré que les variétés du désert sont préférées en raison de la demande du marché. La régénération naturelle est également privilégiée par la plupart des agriculteurs (> 85%), mais elle est inefficace et une source de parasites et les maladies affectent les nouvelles plantes. D’autre part, l’adoption de la culture de tissus a été entravée par le coût élevé des pépinières. Les agriculteurs ont besoin d’être éduqués sur les lacunes de système de régénération naturelle et abordable de prestation des semis mis en œuvre. La macro propagation pris en charge par un système de prestation efficace est proposée pour stimuler la production de bananes au Kenya.
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2010
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East Africa
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RUFORUM Conferences and Workshops
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Open Access
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Printed resource
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897-900
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"The 2010 RUFORUM Biennial Conference was the second in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholers in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme agronomy".