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Kenya approves Kichawi Kill, a weed biological control solution

  • Last Update: 2021-03-26
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Agrochemical Network Chinese website reported: Kenya Agricultural Livestock and Research Organization (KALRO) announced a foodmate.
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The organization has been approved by the Kenya Pest Control Products Board (PCPB) to start commercial production of this weed bioherbicide named "Kichawi Kill", which will make Kenya the world's first weed bioherbicide Countries where technology is commercialized.
 
Striga is a destructive and invasive parasitic weed that attacks the roots of major crops such as corn, sorghum, millet, cowpea and upland rice, and can cause up to 100% crop yield loss.
Nearly 50 million hectares of farmland in Africa are infected with striga, causing crop losses of 9 billion U.
S.
dollars each year.
 
According to Dr.
Eliud Kireger, Director General of KALRO, 1,000 demonstration plots have been established in western Kenya, and more than 40 rural inoculation material producers have received training to start commercial production.
 
According to KALRO, in western Kenya alone, more than 217,000 hectares of farmland have been infected with striga, resulting in a reduction of 182,227 tons of corn per year, valued at US$53 million (approximately 5.
3 billion shillings).
 
The commercialization of this new technology will be led by Toothpick Company Limited in Kakamega and supported by a non-governmental organization Wethungerhilif (WWH).
 
The technology uses cooked rice as a substrate, and the rice is inoculated with a special strain of Fusarium oxysporum f.
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sp.
strigae).
 
Dr.
Kireger said that although there have been other attempts at biological control of weeds, this is the world’s first commercialized biological herbicide.
He believes that this is an important milestone in Kenyan agricultural research.
After meeting strict safety and efficacy standards, this biological control product is now fully approved for use.
It is hoped that the rapid promotion and application of this product will help to reduce the negative impact of strigonus and improve the country's food security, Dr.
Kireger added.
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  The organization has been approved by the Kenya Pest Control Products Board (PCPB) to start commercial production of this weed bioherbicide named "Kichawi Kill", which will make Kenya the world's first weed bioherbicide Countries where technology is commercialized.
 
  Striga is a destructive and invasive parasitic weed that attacks the roots of major crops such as corn, sorghum, millet, cowpea and upland rice, and can cause up to 100% crop yield loss.
Nearly 50 million hectares of farmland in Africa are infected with striga, causing crop losses of 9 billion U.
S.
dollars each year.
 
  According to Dr.
Eliud Kireger, Director General of KALRO, 1,000 demonstration plots have been established in western Kenya, and more than 40 rural inoculation material producers have received training to start commercial production.
 
  According to KALRO, in western Kenya alone, more than 217,000 hectares of farmland have been infected with striga, resulting in a reduction of 182,227 tons of corn per year, valued at US$53 million (approximately 5.
3 billion shillings).
 
  The commercialization of this new technology will be led by Toothpick Company Limited in Kakamega and supported by a non-governmental organization Wethungerhilif (WWH).
 
  The technology uses cooked rice as a substrate, and the rice is inoculated with a special strain of Fusarium oxysporum f.
sp.
strigae (Fusarium oxysporum f.
sp.
strigae).
 
  Dr.
Kireger said that although there have been other attempts at biological control of weeds, this is the world’s first commercialized biological herbicide.
He believes that this is an important milestone in Kenyan agricultural research.
After meeting strict safety and efficacy standards, this biological control product is now fully approved for use.
It is hoped that the rapid promotion and application of this product will help to reduce the negative impact of strigonus and improve the country's food security, Dr.
Kireger added.
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