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A cheaper higher yielding Pishori-like rice variety, Komboka

Agricultural stakeholders have come together to introduce a new rice variety to put in check cheap imports that thrive on the name of pishori.

Despite Pishori’s high demand, it is a late-maturing variety and yields far less than others, hence increasing the gap for the demand.

To fill this gap, the Mwea Rice Growers Multipurpose Co-operative Society in collaboration with the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO), the County Government of Kirinyaga, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and Kilimo Trust have joined hands to introduce a new variety known as Komboka, which has most of the characteristics of pishori, but mature 15 days earlier than pishori, and with higher yields.

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