NATIONAL POTATO COUNCIL OF KENYA

SEPTEMBER E-NEWSLETTER

image NYERI COUNTY ASSEMBLY GETS SENSITIZED ON THE COUNTY’S DRAFT POTATO STRATEGY

Potato pest infestation is one of the main reason for high yield potato losses occurring in the field and during storage. In trying to manage this situation, potato farmers have resorted to use of pesticides. However, there is a knowledge gap among farmers on how and which pesticide to apply and their effor( Read More)

image NPCK CONTINUES TO SUPPORT FARMERS ACCESS POTATO MARKETS

Potato farmers in the country face various challenges in production and marketing such as; inadequate market information, access to high quality inputs, unstructured market system, unstandardized potato packaging, inefficient grading and sorting and exploitation by brokers. In efforts to address some of these challenges( Read More)

image RAPID APPRAISAL ON POTATO PESTS IN NYANDARUA COUNTY BEGINS

Potato pest infestation is one of the main reason for high yield potato losses occurring in the field and during storage. In trying to manage this situation, potato farmers have resorted to use of pesticides. However, there is a knowledge gap among farmers on how and which pesticide to apply ( Read More)

image GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES 5 AGRICULTURAL REFORM BILLS

The Kenyan Government has launched five agricultural reform bills. These include: Coffee Bill 2020, Fibre Crops Development Authority Bill 2020, Food Crops Development Bill 2020, Horticulture Crops Authority Bill 2020, Miraa, Pyrethrum and Industrial Crops Bill 2020(Read More)

image POTATO FARMERS BET ON WRAPPED SEEDS TECH TO KEEP PESTS AT BAY

In a tiny village in Nyandarua, not far from the Aberdare Forest, dozens of potato farmers shelter under a tent to avoid the biting cold descending from the hills as they follow lessons on potato farming.( Read More)

image RESEARCHERS USE INFRARED IMAGING FOR MORE EFFICIENT WATER USE

Water is essential for food production, with farming accounting for about 70% of global freshwater use. As countries expand agriculture to feed the population of approximately 9.7bn forecast for 2050, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that irrigated farming ( Read More)

image HIGH-SPEED POTATO GRADING AND QUALITY INSPECTION USING NEWTEC OPTICAL SORTING MACHINE

Newtec's optical sorting machine for potatoes, model Celox-P-UHD, is designed to sort potatoes by size, shape and quality in a single-stage process. The machine sorts washed potatoes directly, eliminating the need for pre-grading and minimizing the need for manual labour, while ensuring ( Read More)

image WHAT WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SOLANINE

Solanine is a glycoalkaloid poison found in species of the nightshade family within the genus Solanum, such as the potato, the tomato, and the eggplant. The chemical is a natural pesticide and is meant to protect the plants from insects and germs. This is a natural ingredient of the potato, but the ingestion of higher amounts of glycoalkaloids can lead to poisoning in humans( Read More)

 

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