NASHO: HoReCo AGRONOMISTS IN THE CAMPAIGN FOR FIGHTING AGAINST MLN Diseases.
The Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLN Diseases) is a result of a combination of two viruses, the Maize Chlorotic Mottle Virus (MCMoV) and any of the cereal viruses in the Potyviridae group.
MLN Diseases is mainly spread by a vector, transmitting the disease from plant to plant and field to field. The most common vectors are maize thrips, rootworms and leaf beetles. Hot spots appear to be places where maize is being grown continuously.
HoReCo Agronomists, who are in Nasho scheme where maize is cultivated, say that it is not allowed for humans or animals to eat these once infected.The plants should be removed immediately from the fields and infected ears and grains should be burnt.
They continue saying that at household level for smallholder farmers the impact is significant as they can lose their whole production when affected the reason why together with the staff of Tri-seed production they started campaign for fighting against such diseases.