County launches Plant Pest Management Initiatives to address pests and diseases

The county Government of Nakuru through the Department of Agriculture is keen to suppress pest population in the county.

Speaking on Thursday during the launch of Nakuru County Plant Pest Management Initiatives aimed at boosting pest and disease control measures in the County, Nakuru Deputy Governor Dr.Erick Korir said, “It is unfortunate that our farmers lose up to 40 percent of their produce due to pest and diseases.

The initiative will offer support to farmers by providing early warning signs and knowledge on the right pesticides that should be used to fight pests.

“We are committed to reduce hunger and poverty by working with the National Government and other stakeholders to ensure food security is achieved” said Dr.Korir.

The DG commended the plant doctors and volunteers for helping farmers in the rural areas access information on the common plant diseases and how these can be dealt with.

Also present was Agriculture CECm Dr Immaculate Maina, head of Plant protection services Mr David Mwangi, Director Agriculture Ms Grace Kirui among other agriculture officers.

Meanwhile, CECM Agriculture Dr. Immaculate Maina says there are plans to partner with Water Watch Cooperative to help track potato diseases in Njoro.

Speaking in her office on Thursday during a courtesy call by partners who support pest management initiatives in the county, Dr. Maina added that the partnership will also see more spray service providers and community based forecaster trained to improve pest control services in the county.

“There are plans to partner with Water Watch Cooperative to help track potato diseases in Njoro. The partnership will also lead to trainings to improve pest control services in the county” said the CECM.

So far there are 47 plant clinics in the county with 35 trained plant doctors as well as 5 plant doctor trainees.

According to the CECM, due to crop pests and diseases there’s 30-40% loss of produce hence need for mobile plant clinics as well as publicize them through serious promotion programs.

Also present was the Director of Agriculture Ms. Grace Kirui, County Crop Protection Officer Ms. Hannah Oduor, CABI and AAK representatives.

PHOTO/NGPU:Nakuru county Deputy Governor Dr.Erick Korir during the launch of the Nakuru County Plant Pest Management Initiatives aimed at boosting pest and disease control measures in the County.

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