NATIONAL POTATO COUNCIL OF KENYA

JANUARY E-NEWSLETTER

image NPCK AND PARTNERS SUCCESSFULLY CONDUCT FARMER DEMO TRAININGS

NPCK and partners conducted demonstration and farmer trainings on 1st to 9th February 2021 in six major potato producing counties with the goal of showcasing different technologies/ innovations and GAPs for potato production. The partners involved included Agrico EA, Cropnuts, Baraka, Amiran, Fanisi. (Read More)

image POTATO CYST NEMATODE WORKSHOP

Nematodes are very small, slender, eel-shaped, worm-like organisms. The Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN) are among the many types of nematodes. PCN forms survival structures called cysts. PCN is primarily a potato pest which results in patches of poor growth in a field, yellowing (chlorosis) and wilting(Read More)

image DEVELPOMENT OF THE NEW NATIONAL POTATO STRATEGY IS ALMOST COMPLETE

The process of developing an updated National Potato Strategy (2021-2025) has been on-going under the coordination of NPCK. In December last year, stakeholders converged virtually to validate, comment and enrich the draft developed by the technical team. Participants in the forum included representatives from AFA, UoN, JKUAT, KALRO, (Read More)

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NPCK 2020 TEAM BUILDING

The NPCK held its end year team building event in December last year. The team spent the better part of the day climbing Mt. Longonot and thereafter held other team building activities. The goal of the day was to have employees bond in a relaxed atmosphere, break office monotony and strengthen team work within (Read More)

image AWARENESS CREATION AND PRETESTING OF THE UPGRADED VIAZI SOKO PLATFORM WITH FARMERS

The process of upgrading Viazi Soko Digital Platform is now complete. The platform is able to help solve a number of challenges facing potato farmers and others stakeholders in the subsector. Among the services that farmers can access through the new platform include; access to quality farm inputs and services such (Read More)

image NPCK CONTINUES TO ESTABLISH MORE POTATO FARM INPUTS DROP POINTS

 NPCK is in the process of identifying and profiling drop points to be used as delivery places for farm inputs ordered by farmers through Viazi soko platform. NPCK held a meeting with Syngenta Foundation, Cereal Growers Association, Viazi kings Ltd and Farm to Market Alliance to discuss partnership on how (Read More)

  WARE POTATO MARKET PRICES IN MAJOR TOWNS IN THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY.

NPCK collects and updates the prevailing ware potato market prices in 5 major towns; Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa, Meru and Eldoret on its website twice a week.  This information is useful to potato stakeholders particularly farmers and market outlets in their selling and buying decisions respectively. (Read More)

image SOIL CONDITION FOR POTATO PRODUCTION

Potato can be grown in a wide range of soil types but well-drained loamy to sandy loam soil is the most recommended. It also grows well with adequate fertilization even in sandy soils. Black soils that have undesirable physical and chemical qualities should be avoided. The pH should range between 5.0 and 7.0 but the ideal pH should be 5.5. (Read More)

image RESEARCHERS IDENTIFY AND CHARACTERIZE POTATO DRY ROT AND POTATO WILT PATHOGENS IN ALGERIA

Fusarium is one of the most important genera of phytopathogenic fungi, causing potato wilt in the field and potato tuber dry rot during storage. The objectives of a study by researchers from Algeria and Poland were to identify Fusarium species associated with both potato diseases in different growing regions in Algeria, and to assess their pathogenicity. (Read More)

image USE OF POTATO PEEL EXTRACT AS AN ANTIOXIDANT

In the last decade, there has been increasing attention given to new sources of natural antioxidant phytochemicals as a result of their potential health benefits, in addition to their functional properties in traditionally commercialized products such as preserving color and flavor and hence improving shelf life. (Read More)

image HEALTH BENEFITS OF POTATO

 Raw potato must be processed prior to human consumption to make starch and other nutrients available. The nutritional value of potatoes along with its taste and ease of cooking has made it the most popular vegetable and snack in the world. Potatoes are affordable, nutritious, a good source of vitamin C (ascorbic acid), protein and (Read More)

image INTEGRATING TRACEABILITY SOLUTIONS IN THE POTATO SUPPLY CHAIN

In recent times, food producers have developed an extensive capacity to track the flow of food along the supply chain, though individual systems vary. Some traceability systems are deep, tracking food from the retailer back to the farm, while others extend back only to a key point in the production process. Some are very precise, (Read More)

image NEW POTATO VARIETY COULD HELP FARMERS IN EAST AFRICA

Researchers from the National Agricultural Research Organization Uganda and the International Potato Center have developed a new variety of potato, which is resistant to late blight. Using new molecular techniques, they transferred late-blight resistance genes into the popular East African potato variety Victoria. (Read More)

image POTATO GOODNESS: TURNING POTATO WASTE INTO FERTILIZER

A company based in the United Kingdom has joined forces with the British Clean Tech firm Technologies to use its carbon-capture technology on potato peelings left over from making crisps in its factory, to turn it into low-carbon fertilizer. The fertilizer will then be returned to the farms where crisps varieties are grown in the country.(Read More)

image POTATO GOODNESS

In the potato goodness corner, we shall look at how to prepare Crunchy Potatoes with Minced Meat. Ingredients: 4 large potatoes Chopped rosemary leaves, parsley 2 pinches of salt Mince (Read More)

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