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Nyanza residents urged to diversify their eating habits.

15 October 2012, 11:02 Oduor Omondi

Nyanza Provincial Director of Agriculture, Joash Owiro has advised local residents to diversify their eating habits instead of over-relying on traditional maize crop as their staple food.

Owiro has urged the public to embrace high value crops like cassava, sweet potatoes, sorghum, rice and bananas alongside maize.

In an interview, the agricultural officer said that although Nyanza Province was food secure, the Ministry of Agriculture was promoting the adoption of traditional high value crops as safeguard measure.

“Through the program we distribute free seeds, cuttings and vines for sweet potatoes across the region", he explained.

However, he added that this was being done depending on the ecological-zone, pointing out that maize was being grown across board and so a lot of effort was required to justify the call for adoption of traditional high value crops.

Mr. Owiro disclosed that the Maize Lethal Necrosis disease that recently emerged in the Rift Valley was first reported in Borabu, Kisii District in Nyanza, thus advising farmers to employ cultural measures in containing the devastating disease.

The destructive Maize Lethal Necrosis disease had also been reported in parts of Nyando and Nyakach, but Owiro reassured farmers that there was no cause for alarm as samples had been taken to Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) to establish the fear in Kisumu County.

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