Striga News in the Media

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Striga, also known as witchweed, is a parasitic weed that infests up to 50 million hectares of sub-Saharan African land. In Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda alone, striga infests over one million hectares of farmland. The weed causes farmers to lose anywhere from a third to one hundred percent of their... Read more
Striga or witch weed remains the biggest threat to food security in western Kenya, and to make matters worse, the witch weed is now spreading to highland areas like Kisii and Nyamira counties, according to experts.
Caleb Adede, the project officer of African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF... Read more
Scientists in the region are battling Striga (witchweed) that has affected the productivity of staple foods such as maize, sorghum, millet and rice in the eastern part of the country.  The most affected areas are mainly, Tororo, Moyo, Bugiri, Busia, Budaka and Iganga.Farmers bordering Uganda on... Read more
Written by Raymond Gichuki
A new initiative has been launched to upscale use of commercialisation of StrigAwayTM – an herbicide-resistant seed and treatment – to improve productivity and competitiveness of smallholder maize farmers.
The initiative funded by the USAID brings together the African... Read more
By Dennis Onyango
Siaya, Kenya: She smiles confidently as she guides her visitors on a tour of her one acre-piece of land.Unlike many farms in West Ugenya Location, Siaya County, Jane Akinyi’s maize crop is healthy despite the havoc wrecked by the infamous striga weed.
Farmers in most parts of... Read more
Researchers have raised the alarm over weed that could reduce maize yield by half, threatening the country’s food supply.
They said the Striga weed had been detected in Rift Valley — the country’s food basket — and its effects could be devastating.
Dr Fred Kanampiu, an agronomist at the... Read more
By In2EastAfrica Reporter
Tanseed International Limited has introduced maize seed varieties that can help in destroying witch weeds that have been affecting the production of more than 1.7 tonnes of maize throughout the country every year.
Tanseed Director,  Mr Isaka Mashauri told ‘Daily News’... Read more
The development of three hybrid maize varieties and one for finger millet by a Maseno University don could offer the solution to massive crop failure as a result of Striga weed.
Led by Prof Mathews Dida, lecturers from the university have developed Maseno EH10, EH11 and EH14 maize varieties, which... Read more
IBADAN - African farmers incur losses amounting to 1.2 billion dollars yearly due to the activities of a parasite known as “Striga” on their crops, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, has said.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan, the Institute further... Read more
IBADAN - African farmers incur losses amounting to 1.2 billion dollars yearly due to the activities of a parasite known as “Striga” on their crops, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, has said.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan, the Institute further... Read more
Agricultural researchers in sub-Saharan Africa are making progress towards ridding the region of the deadly parasitic weed—Striga that infests cereals such as maize and cowpea farms—by developing sustainable, multi-pronged management options that smallholder farmers could effectively and profitably... Read more
By Manuel Odeny
More than 300,000 farmers at the Lake Victoria basin will benefit from a new machine to control the Striga weed. The machine, Ua Kayongo H1, laces the maize seed with a herbicide called strigaway that controls the deadly weed. The machine was handed over to the Kenya Seed Company... Read more

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