FRENCH BEANS FARMING

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By the end of this course, the learner should be able to;

  • Identify different varieties of French beans
  • Explain the methods of planting French beans
  • Outline the major pests and diseases affecting French beans.
  • Understand how French beans are harvested.
  • Give the post harvesting techniques and the value addition for French beans.

Course Content

OVERVIEW OF FRENCH BEANS FARMING
a) Overview of French beans • Background of French Beans • French Beans common varieties • Varieties grown in Kenya

  • Draft Lesson
  • Quiz

PLANTING FRENCH BEANS
a) Planting • Appropriate time • Recommended spacing • Water requirement • Managing of weeds • Top dressing

HARVESTING OF FRENCH BEANS
a) Harvest  Harvesting indices and harvesting period  Harvesting method  Yield

POST-HARVEST HANDLING OF FRENCH BEANS
a) Post-harvest handling  Harvest handling  Containers and packaging materials b) Value addition techniques  Sorting  Grading c) Pre-cooling d) Handling

PESTS AND DISEASES CONTROL IN FRENCH BEANS
a) Major pests  Flower thrips  Red spider mites on a leaf  Cut worms  Bean fly  White flies  African Bollworms b) Major diseases  Rust  Beans common mosaic virus (BCMV)  Powdery mildew  Angular leaf spot  Fusarium root rot

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