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Angote harvests kales in his farming garden in Vihiga. PHOTO | ELIZABETH OJINA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Christopher Angote, the owner of the farm, grows about 30,000 plants on his two acres. He spaces them 30cm from one crop to another and 60cm from one row to another.
  • He has been farming for the past 25 years having started growing vegetables in 1991 soon after completing Form Four in 1991. 
  • Prof Mathews Dida, a lecturer at Maseno University’s Department of Agriculture, says downy mildew, a fungal disease characterised by white fluffy mold on the underside of the leaves and yellow dry spots on the upper surface of the leaves, can be transmitted at early stages of the plant in the nursery.

The green leafy sukuma wiki (collard greens) plants stand about half a metre high and sway as the wind blows in Munango village, Vihiga County.

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