Dolichos lablab (L.) is a neglected crop species in Kenya, grown only for subsistence where they are highly adapted to a small range of ecological niches. It is grown under irrigation and rain fed conditions, where production is limited by insect pests such as thrips (Genera: Megalurothrips and Frankliniella). However, the effects of irrigation and rain fed conditions on infestation levels of these thrips in Kenya are unknown. This study aimed at investigating the levels of infestation of thrips on D. lablab (L.) grown under rain fed and irrigated conditions in Meru Central and Yatta sub-counties, Kenya. Sampling was conducted biweekly from June, 2009 to February, 2010. In each sub-county, eight farms (four each irrigation and rain-fed) were randomly selected. The infestation levels were monitored using 5 quadrats (30 cm × 30 cm), placed randomly at each farm in every sampling session. The thrips population within each quadrat was estimated from 3 randomly selected shoots of D. lablab. Thrips samples were placed in 30 ml vials and transported in a cool box to the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) labs for sorting and identification. The abundance of thrips varied significantly between the irrigated and rain fed farms at both sub-counties. In Meru sub-county, thrips numbers averaged 352.3±36.1 for irrigated farms as compared to 199.1±26.3 for rain fed. In Yatta sub-county, the mean abundance for rain fed farms was 265.5±42.0 as compared to 235.4±37.2 for irrigated farms. D.lablab for irrigated farms were significantly more infested (Anova: p=0.05) than in rain fed farms.
Key words: Infestation levels, sampling, irrigated, rain fed, quadrats.
Rajesh Chudasama is the member of the Parliament. He was elected from Mangrol in Junagadh district as a candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He has won the 2014 Lok Sabha election from Junagadh (Lok Sabha constituency).
Rajesh Chudasama (born 10 April 1982) is Member of Parliament from Junagadh-Gir Somnath, Gujarat (Lok Sabha). Formerly, Mr. Rajesh Chudasama was Member of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly (MLA). He was elected from Mangrol in Junagadh District as a candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2012.He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and won the Indian general elections, 2014 from Junagadh Lok Sabha constituency, with a victory margin of over 1,35,832 votes.
At 32 years of age, Mangrol MLA Rajesh Chudasama was the youngest contestant from the state in the Lok Sabha elections. In Chudasama's selection, it is for the first time that the BJP has given a LS ticket to a Koli, the dominant community in the twin districts of Junagadh and GirSomnath.
Chudasama's uncle Hira Chudasama has served for more than three decades as the president of Chorwad municipality before he completed his latest tenure a year ago.
Rajesh, who holds a bachelor degree in commerce, had defeated Chandrika Chudasama in the 2012 elections to wrest away the seat from Congress. Also had defeated PunjaVainsh in 2014 Indian general elections(16th LokSabha) of Junagadh LokSabha Constituency. He runs Monghiben Ramabhai Charitable Trust and Shree Laxminarayan Education & Charitable trust in the area and is known for his accessibility, The family is in the business of exporting seafood products
In December 2012, Rajesh Chudasama was elected as a member of the Gujarat legislative assembly representing mangrol in Junagadh District. In May 2014, He has won the Indian generalelections(16th LokSabha) 2014 from JunagadhLokSabha constituency, with a victory margin of over 1,35,832 votes.
In 2014, Member of Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism& Culture.
In 2014, Also a Member of Consulative Committee on the Ministry of Agriculture.
May, 2014- Elected to 16th LokSabha
Became a member to the following Committees-
Standing Committee on Transport,Tourism& Culture. Consulative Committee on the Ministry of Agriculture.