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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Researchers share findings on African vegetables with Kenyan farmers

Kenyan and Germany researchers working under the Horticultural Innovation and Learning for Improved Nutrition and Livelihood in East Africa (HORTINLEA) project have made significant achievements in generating knowledge on African Indigenous Vegetables (AIVs). This knowledge covers genetic diversity and seed systems, plant nutrition and fertilizer management, water management and irrigation, pest and disease management, harvesting and postharvest handling, value addition as well as health benefits of AIVs. Prof. Mabel Imbuga, Vice Chancellor, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology lauded the project activities which she said, “will meaningfully contribute to the body of scientific knowledge as well as the economic wellbeing of the communities.” “While Kenya as a country is highly dependent on agriculture with horticulture leading in terms of foreign exchange earnings, the weak links among the various aspects of production have made it difficult for the small holder growers to benefit,” said Prof. Imbuga in a statement read by Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Mary Abukutsa. She expressed hope that research initiatives under HORTINLEA will continue to play “a major role in strengthening the horticultural value chain because of their potential to directly impact on the small growers thus contributing to the realization of the country’s development agenda under the Kenya Vision 2030 and the Big Four.” Prof. Imbuga acknowledged the Ministry of Education and Research of Germany for funding the project as well as HORTINLEA’s Principal Investigator, Prof. Wolfgang Boklemann of the Humboldt University of Berlin, for spearheading the multidisciplinary research project. According to Prof. Boklemann, HORTINLEA is an engine for economic growth, contributing to biodiversity of agricultural production system, offering entrepreneurial opportunities for the youth and women in the region.”

Source: africasciencenews

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