For over sixty years, farmers in East Africa depended on Mexican 142 canning bean variety. However after years of re-useand replanting, the variety lost its vigour and is currently susceptible to diseases, and drought and this greatly affected the canning bean industry that faced declining sources of local canning beans. However after three years of research,scientists at the University of Nairobi lead by Prof. Paul Kimani and at KALRO (formerly KARI) lead by Dr. Davis Karanja, supported by Bio-Innovate releases five new canning bean varieties.