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School of Agriculture & Food Security

 

The School of Agriculture and Food Security is tasked with developing manpower in Agriculture for national Agricultural development and food security. It has a team of highly qualified staff including 8 PhDs, five of whom are Professors. It has over 50 acres of  research land and field laboratories

The school comprises of four academic departments with various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes namely:
1. Department of Applied Plant Sciences
2. Department of Soil Science
3. Department of Animal Science
4. Department of Agricultural Economics & Rural Development

Under these departments, the School has various Undergraduate, Masters and PhD programmes in:
  • Horticulture
  • Agronomy
  • Animal Science
  • Soil Science and Plant Nutrition
  • Agribusiness Management


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Maize Hybrids

We have developed 3 maize hybrids that are high yielding, resistant to drought, acid soils and Striga weed. These newly developed maize hybrids have passed national performance trials conducted between 2009 and 2011. Specifically, the hybrids tested under code names EH10 and EH11 have been recommended for release and commercialization in Kenya. These varieties have grain yields ranging from 9 to 12 tons per hectare and are adapted to mid altitudes of western Kenya. Another variety tested under code name EH14 has genetic mechanism of Striga weed resistance and is likely to be released 2012.

Striga resistant Maize variety (Maseno EH14)

The maize variety Maseno EH14 is a hybrid with medium maturity. It matures between 120 to 135 days. It is best adapted to Lake Victoria region and most parts of western Kenya of altitudes 1100 to 1500 m above sea level. The grain yield ranges from 5-10 tons/ha. Under severe Striga weed infestation, the yield averages 5 ton/ha, whereas, susceptible genotypes are almost totally decimated with yields less than 1 ton/ha.

 
Maize Hybrid Maseno EH11 The maize variety Maseno EH10 is a hybrid with medium to late maturity. It matures between 120 to 140 days. It is best adapted to Lake Victoria region and most parts of western Kenya of altitudes 1200 to 1700 m above sea level. The grain yield ranges from 8-11 tons/ha. It is resistant to Maize streak virus and most common foliar diseases. It is acid soil and drought tolerant variety with stay-green characters.
  

 Cobs of maize variety Maseno EH10

 The cobs have predominantly semi flint or flint grains that fill to the cob top (Plate 4).

 


Prof. J.O. Nyabundi

E-mail: jnyabundi@maseno.ac.ke

Address: School of Agric. & Food Security,
Department of Applied Plant Sciences
P.O. Box 333 – 40105 Maseno, Kenya

Qualifications:

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Prof. George Duncan Odhiambo

E-mail: gdodhis@maseno.ac.ke

Address: School of Agric. & Food Security,
Department of Applied Plant Sciences
P.O. Box 333 – 40105 Maseno, Kenya

Qualifications: PhD

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Prof. Barack Owuor

E-mail: bowuor@maseno.ac.ke

Address: School of Agric. & Food Security,
Department of Applied Plant Sciences
P.O. Box 333 – 40105 Maseno, Kenya

Qualifications: BSc( Agric), MSc, PhD

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Dr. Peter F. Arama

E-mail: aramapke@yahoo.com

Address: School of Agric. & Food Security,
Department of Applied Plant Sciences
P.O. Box 333 – 40105 Maseno, Kenya

Qualifications: B.Sc (Hons) (Agriculture) (UoN), M.Sc. (Plant Pathology) (UoN), Ph.D. (Plant Pathology) (Wageningen Agr. University)

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Dr. Okeyo D.O.

E-mail: xdokeyo2007@gmail.com

Address: School of Agric. & Food Security,
Department of Applied Plant Sciences
P.O. Box 333 – 40105 Maseno, Kenya

Qualifications: PhD.  Horticulture, MSc. Horticulture, BSc. Horticulture

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Dr. Harun Ogindo

E-mail: ogindo_harun@yahoo.com

Address: School of Agric. & Food Security,
Department of Applied Plant Sciences
P.O. Box 333 – 40105 Maseno, Kenya

Qualifications: BSc (Agric. UON), MSc (Land & Water Mgt, Cranfield, UK), PhD (Agromet, UOFS, Republic of South Africa)

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Mr. Illa Abisalom Obuya

E-mail: illahus@yahoo.com

Address: School of Agric. & Food Security,
Department of Applied Plant Sciences
P.O. Box 333 – 40105 Maseno, Kenya

Qualifications: Dip (Bukura), BSc (Egerton), MSc (Maseno)

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