Farmers in Kirinyaga County are counting losses as whiteflies destroy their crops.

“The flies congregate on the underside of leaves, lay eggs and suck out the plants’ fluids while injecting toxic saliva,” Jackson Karani, a French beans farmer in Kiumbu village, said.

The insects have invaded his seven-acre farm, destroying the crops’ leaves. Most of them have now turned yellow and fallen off.

The tiny whitish flies are attracted to young leaves and in their feeding, they not only transmit diseases, but they also secret honeydew that develops a dark mould that disrupts photosynthesis

Farmers are supposed to spray against the pest every fortnight, but due to the outbreak, they are being forced to spray every week raising their cost of production.

The county government has promised to assist the farmers manage the pest.

-Caroline Wambui

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