12/05/14

Cultural change in Kenyan banana farming

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 Nkuba

Farmers in Nkubu, Meru County, central Kenya, are experimenting with a new banana production method with the help of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and the Kaguri Agricultural Training Centre The introduction of laboratory grown tissue culture banana seedlings has significantly boosted the local economy.

Such tissue cultures allow farmers to grow more robust plants that are less prone to common diseases such as anthracnose.
 
Traditionally, women grow and sell bananas. With tissue culture bananas, they are increasing their revenues and improving the living standards of their families.