Agriculture is the backbone of the Kenyan economy and to most other African states. When aggregated as a whole. The African economy is hugely dependent on agricultural sector. Thus, it is always a good idea to invest in the sector as it promises great returns when done right.
However, investing in any area is not a smooth path. In agriculture, farmers continue to struggle with the never-ending pests and diseases that attack their crops and animals.
Through technology, man keeps finding solutions to better deal with challenges he faces. Researchers in the agricultural field, the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), have already developed a cost-effective and accurate method to identify the different types of cassava whiteflies, bemisia tabaci.
The diseases that these whiteflies cause enormously impact on the crop in the whole Africa, with losses being estimated to be more than $1 billion in the East and Central Africa, estimated at more than $1 billion.
The viruses from the flies cause cassava mosaic disease (CMD) and cassava brown streak disease (CBSD).
The proper identification of the pests will positively contribute to the efforts being made to combat the effects of these pests.
The developed tool will prove to be beneficial to African agriculturalists that not have access to sequencing technologies that are often too expensive to afford.
Cassava is an important food in Africa, providing rich nutrients to children and livestock in Africa, In addition, the crop also provides a means of livelihood to more than 350 million people across Africa.
Indeed, technology is a friend of man. What technological innovation do you think will positively impact the economy of Kenya as we strive to achieve Vision 2030?
Another way that technological innovations promise to improve the agricultural sector is through precision agriculture.
Please, share your views in the comment section below. How is technology impacting your life?