The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (Kephis) has okayed the distribution of a new rice variety named Atieno which it is hoped will increase yield by 60 percent.
The variety bred by Afritec Seeds Ltd has been licensed for sell to farmers in western Kenya where it is hoped will increase output.
The regions set to receive the new seeds are Kisumu, Migori, Kirinyaga, Busia and Homa Bay counties.
The first locally bred variety is said to produce upto 35 bags of rice on every acre up from about 17 bags from the normally grown traditional rice.
Western Kenya Kephis Regional Manager Ken Asango said 10 tonnes of the seed dubbed AT058 or ‘Atieno’ had been registered by Kephis awaiting official launch, according to the Standard News.