Bacterial Wilt poses threat to horticulture

By KBC Reporter                    


The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) is now warning over a new disease that has invaded the flowers.

According to KEPHIS’ Hilda Miranyi the disease known as Bacterial Wilt attacks mainly roses.

She said the Bacterial Wilt is increasing rapidly noting that it may affect the quality of flowers being exported to the European Market.

She said the disease was first reported in the Netherlands in October last year and has been spreading at an alarming rate.

“These new threat is common in roses and these are flowers that we grow in large quantities hence there is need to protect them”.

She said that there was need for flower companies to check on their sanitation protocol as one way of ensuring the disease does not spread.

“They need to make sure that the water and soil they use is well treated and protected so as to help in minimizing its spread”.

The senior officer was speaking to the press during the launch of Closer 240SC an insecticide for flowers made by Dow AgroScience at Enashipai Resort in Naivasha.

She said that the country had made strides to ensure that all produce destined for the European Market was safe and of quality standards.

“We have made measures to ensure that anything that goes out of the country is thoroughly inspected before it goes to the market”.

Speaking during the launch Dow Agrosciences East Africa Business Development Manager Oscar Shiliebo said the insecticide is unique as it kills pests instantly.

He termed it as the key to the challenge of notifiable pests and is the best in dealing with three main ones that affect the flowers.

“We have the White flies, Mealy buds and the Aphids that are common in flowers and this new insecticide is the answer to the problem”.

Shiliebo said that the Closer 240SC has the knock down effects as its results can be seen soon after spraying adding that it was environmental friendly.


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