Tissue Culture Banana: 'wonder crop for Kenya'

For a long time, farmers in Central Kenya depended on coffee for income, that is until prices plummeted and what was known as the “Black Gold” turned unprofitable.

Then a research firm introduced a high yielding, fast maturing banana, the Tissue Culture Banana, helping eliminate poverty in a region where people had resigned to hopelessness.

Research indicates the average hectare yield for tissue culture bananas is 30 to 40 tons per year, earning more than $10 000 almost twice the yield from normal breeds.

In 2000, world leaders set themselves a goal of reducing extreme hunger and poverty by the end of September.

Nearly 70% of Africa’s rural population rely on agriculture for economic sustainability, which remains the backbone of most of the continent’s economies.

Source: sabc.co.za

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