SEMIS BEAN SEED PRODUCTION

The Seed Enterprise Management Instute (SEMIs) project at CAVS is maintaining seven breeder bean varieties registered under Uniseed Company. These varieties are Kenya Sugar Bean, Miezi Mbili, Kenya Red Kidney, Kenya Umoja, Kabete Super, Kenya Wonde, Super Roscoco. During the long rains of March – June 2015, six varieties were grown in Kabete for stage 2 multiplications while five varieties were grown in Kibwezi for stage 3 bulking.  The field sizes were 5 acres in Kabete and 11 acres in Kibwezi.

Kenya Red Kidney at Podding stage Miezi Mbili variety at podding stage
Inspection of beans at vegetative growth by KEPHIS inspectors at kabete Field KEPHIS Inspection at Kibwezi Farm
Pictorials of Bean crops

These bean varieties being maintained were bred and developed by breeders at UoN. Evaluation of growth and pod characters were conducted on the beans by KEPHIS inspectors at different dates. Among the growth characters observed by KEPHIS inspectors were conformity of leaf shapes, flower colour, growth habits. On pod evaluation, aspects of pod colour, pod tip shape, pod girth and seed colour were evaluated by the staff. All traits observed were found to conform to the descriptor lists.

Demonstration Plots for Seed Production Courses

Besides breeder bean seeds, the project also grows different crop seeds in demo plots. These demo plots are particularly used to aid practical training for participants for the Seed Production, Seed Quality Assurance and Field Diagnostic courses.

Sorghum – Bantan Variety Sunflower- Kenya Chuma Hybrid
Pearl Millet demo plot Maize KDV-1 variety
Practical demonstrations with Field diagnostic course participants at demo field in Kabete