March Issue 1 2013

Bayer launches Luna ® Sensation

Bayer CropScience Ltd launched a new product Luna ® sensation a new, unique chemical class of fungicides at a Nairobi Hotel, on February 27, 2013. The Luna family has six Members distributed in many countries all over the world. One member of the Luna family is Luna Sensation which is officially registered in east Africa for use in Flowers, vegetables and fruits. In Kenya the product is registered for use in flowers only.

Luna ® Sensation offers protection to flowers from diseases as well as resistance management. It controls powdery mildew, botrytis and post-harvest diseases helping the growers deliver high quality flowers.

Luna sensation inhibits disease development at multiple stages from spore germination to sporulation.

Key benefits:

–          Exceptional efficacy.

–          Systematic movement that is, uniform uptake after application.

–          Extended protection where during trail it demonstrated improvements in plant health and on flower quality and vase life.

–          Resistance management.

–          Compatibility with beneficials that is, it’s compatible with integrated pest management programs.

–          Quality flowers where it helps to keep crops diseases-free and ensures that the flower’s high quality will be maintained through storage and transport.

–          Low toxicity with short reentry period of 6 hours.

Rate of application: 300 ml per hectare to treat Powderly mildew and 500 ml per hectare for botrytis.

Price: 225 usd per litre.


Horticulture PTC officially launched

The Horticulture Practical Training Centre (PTC) was officially launched on 26th February 2013 in Thika. The event was co-officiated by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture Dr. Romano Kiome and the Royal Netherlands Ambassador in Kenya H. E.  Joost Reintjes.

This Project started in December 2009, as a Public-Private Partnership between KARI (Kenya Agricultural Research Institute) and FPEAK (Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya). The renovation of the facilities and initial equipping and operation was made possible by a grant of One Million Euro by the Kingdom of The Netherlands through the Royal Netherlands Embassy (RNE) in Kenya to FPEAK.

This is greatly assisting in meeting the overall objective of capacity building horticulture farmers, especially the smallholders to improve skills, achieve market access and improve livelihoods.

The project ended in December 2011, and since then, the PTC has been test-running along with the objectives established. The project is now self-sustainable, administered by FPEAK, and managed by a joint partnership of KARI and FPEAK, with an aim of meeting mutual objectives of both organizations, through a Legal Agreement for 15 years.

Since its start of activities, the PTC has enabled further partnerships between the horticulture sector and development organizations such as NUFFIC and CBI (Centre for Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries, Netherlands), International Trade Centre (ITC, Geneva), Kenya Horticulture Competitive Project (KHCP, USAID) and Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA).

This Centre is now playing a key role in coordinating collaboration between the two institutions and Horticulture Crops Development Authority (HCDA), Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KePHIS), Pest Control Products Board (PCPB), and Kenya Flower Council (KFC) among others.

It will now be possible to send workers to the facility to learn all the relevant skills at affordable costs. So far over 2000 farmers, farm workers among others have been trained.  The Centre is divided in to five departments namely administration, flowers, fruits, vegetables and engineering.




Greenlife Crop Protection Africa Ltd

Greenlife AgroScience (EA) Ltd  held their grand launch on Friday, 15th February 2013 as at Simba Lounge Hotel-Naivasha for their company and Newly Registered Novel Products by Pest Control Product Board (PCPB).  The company changed their name from Greenlife AgroScience (EA) Ltd to Greenlife Crop Protection Africa Ltd effective 1st January 2013 giving them a wider scope to cover African Continent.

During the launch, Ms Gladys Maina, Managing Director of PCPB urged the growers to use only the registered products responsibly and read labels to ensure the safety of the environment.

“We are looking at safer molecules. Whether we like it or not, the world is moving from hard chemicals to soft ones, and even integrated pest management, to reduce the loads of chemicals we put in the environment and bring safer management.” She added.

Her call was backed by the Managing Director of the Agrochemicals Association of Kenya, Mr. Richard Sikuku, who urged for the responsible use of chemicals saying the association was coming up with a programme to reduce obsolete pesticides in the country.

“The world is changing to softer chemicals to meet EU requirements and we have asked our members to research on them.

Greenlife Crop Protection Africa Limited has been undertaking research on challenges faced by farmers and hopes to support them to boost their production.

Though incorporated in 2010 as Greenlife AgroScience East Africa Limited, the company, whose core business is marketing of agro-chemicals, non-pesticides, fertilizers, seeds and small holder greenhouses and irrigation equipment, also used the four-week farmer training campaign as a platform to re-launch and rebrand its logo and name.



Linking Farmers to Markets

The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) has organized an international training program to meet demand from East Africa.  This was due to the overwhelming demand and success of the last “Linking Farmers to Markets in Africa” training programs conducted in both English and French in West Africa in 2011 and 2012, respectively. It is scheduled to take place in Nairobi, Kenya from 1st to 5th July 2013.  

The program fee will be US $1,300 (for those who book by June 1, 2013) or $1,500 (for those who book after June 1 2013)


Who Should Attend?
This training program is aimed at development professionals from both public and private sector with specific interest in farmer-to-market linkages, such as agro-input dealers, importers, traders and trader organizations; producer organizations; and development projects, donors, NGOs and other agricultural development practitioners. IFDC encourages the participation of project teams.


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New rose from high altitudes

Madam Red is an introduction of Dutch rose breeder Preesman, with a bud size of about 7 cm and a spectacular vase life giving 100% satisfaction. In meantime the first roses, grown by nursery Rising Sun in the high altitudes of Kenya, are sold through the Dutch flower auction FloraHolland. According to a spokesman of Preesman, the first Madam Reds prices are substantially high. The second supplier at the auction is Porini Flowers, also from Kenya. The striking red label will give the new rose its own character.




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