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Lucy commented on ECO BANANA STEM PAPER

This is awesome! For maximum benefit to small scale farmers however, please ensure farmers use disease free planting material which is not only tissue cultured but is also virus free. Tissue culture has been shown to increase yields by 156%, 145% and 106% for small, medium and large scale farmers respectively. Viruses have been known to cause losses in yield by as much as 100%.  Only about 10% of the farmers have adopted the tissue culture bananas due to various reasons that include preferential taste, cost and insufficient numbers of quality planting material. To ensure farmers adopt the tissue culture technology, they should be supplied with virus indexed tissue culture bananas of their farmer preferred varieties. The East and Central Africa region now has a commercial virus indexing laboratory which provides not only the virus indexing services but also adequate quantities of affordable planting material- Crossfrontier International Ltd (CFI).  It follows that after an assured improved yield, the farmer will then benefit from further from processing of the stem.  This project will be stronger through collaboration with CFI (www.crossfrontier.co.ke)