Farmers in Njoro sub-county are facing a poor harvest after a fungal disease attacked their maize crop.
Nearly 100 farmers from Gacuhi village alone have reported that their maize has been destroyed by head smut ?— a disease that attacks ears and tassels of a maize plant, replacing them with thick walled spores filled with soot.
The spores inhibit development of grain. The farmers had grown the maize on an average of two acres of land.
The disease is caused by the fungus Sphacelotheca reiliana.