Disease-resistant Napier grass for East African dairy farmers

“The variety that will withstand the fungus over a period of four planting seasons will be commercialized so that it is accessible to dairy farmers,” he said.

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ILRI Napier display at KARI event

ILRI-KALRO display of disease-resistant varieties of Napier grass at the 13th Biennial Scientific Conference and Exhibition of the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), now named the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), in Oct 2012 (photo credit: ILRI/Alexandra Jorge).

‘Scientists in East Africa are currently conducting research in order to select a disease resistant Napier grass variety, a Kenyan researcher revealed on Tuesday.

‘Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) Senior Researcher Robert Irungu said the aim of the research is to identify a variety of Napier grass that is resistant to stunting disease and headsmuts in the next three years.

We are going to grow all the types of Napier grass in a greenhouse and then subject them to a dose of fungus,’ Irungu said on the sidelines of an agricultural forum in Nairobi [the 6th All Africa Conference on Animal Agriculture].

‘Irungu said the…

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