NPCK SEPTEMBER 2018 E-NEWSLETTER
IPM POTATO GROUP VISITS KENYA TO ENHANCE PARTNERSHIP IN SEED POTATO PRODUCTION
IPM potato group Limited is a seed potato production company based in Ireland. The company has partnered with Kevian Kenya Limited, a leading food and Beverage Company, to form Kirinyaga Seed Company in Kenya.
The IPM Potato Group board members in a delegation that included Ireland Ambassador, Mr Vincent O’Neill, representatives from NPCK and Kirinyaga Seed Company paid a courtesy call to the Cabinet Secretary-State Department of Agriculture, CBS, EGH, Mwangi Kiunjuri during their visit in Kenya between 20th and 21st. The objective of the visit was to discuss partnership in development of seed potato sector in Kenya and included further visits to KEPHIS and KALRO to understand the processes of seed potato production in Kenya. The partnership aims to promote high yielding and processing varieties using efficient and safe methods of seed potato production and multiplication to ease scarcity of certified seed potato in the country.
Currently Kirinyaga seed is in the process of introducing new Potato varieties namely Infinity, Tonaldo and Imagine which are undergoing National Performance Trials (NPT).
Representatives of IPM, Kirinyaga seed, NPCK and Ireland Ambassador, Mr Vincent O’Neill during a courtesy call to the CS Ministry of Agriculture and irrigation State Department of Agriculture CBS, EGH Mwangi Kiunjuri
DEVELOPMENT OF MERU COUNTY POTATO STRATEGY
NPCK has partnered with Meru County Government in the development of the Meru County Potato Strategy. The core objective of the strategy is to guide potato value chain development in the County through harmonization of stakeholders’ potato activities and promoting public private partnership. The strategy will be aligned with National potato strategy and informed by Agricultural Transformation and Growth Strategy (ATGS), Government Big 4 agenda and Meru County Integrated Development Plan. The potato strategy document will outline bottlenecks and opportunities in potato value chain and identify appropriate interventions to address the challenges. The partnership was endorsed by the Meru County agriculture board during a board’s meeting held on 24th August 2018 where NPCK CEO was invited to present and discuss partnership areas with the board. The potato value chain is among the Meru county flagship value chains.
FARM INPUT SUBSECTOR MEETING
KEPSA organized a meeting on 13th September 2018 with sub-committee drawn from farm input experts. The aim of the meeting was to discuss emerging issues cutting across agricultural farm inputs such as VAT on pesticides, inadequate fertilizer programs, Safety on agrochemicals, Low farmer skills on appropriate farming methods, poor extension services, Low adoption of irrigation and overdependence on rain fed agriculture that affects agricultural production negatively. The objective of the meeting was to come up with detailed farm input subsector matrix that will guide in decision making and lobbying for appropriate policies. The matrix will entail emerging issues, challenges faced, recommendations and expected impacts. During the meeting, members agreed to involve experts from Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and Safaricom DigiFarm technology in the subsequent meetings. The outcome of the meeting will be presented to farm inputs committee for their further action.
SEED POTATO AVAILABILITY FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 2018
Available potato seeds from registered seed potato merchants for the month of October 2018 are as highlighted in the table. For more information, farmers and customers can reach the companies through the contacts provided.
PREPARATION FOR THE 2018 POTATO MAGAZINEThe development of the 2018 Potato Magazine is ongoing and will be available for distribution in November 2018. The magazine covers summary of reports of the National conferences, County potato fairs, corporate profiles of businesses in the subsector, industry news and events, other issues related to potato production, marketing, processing, consumption, research and development. The 2016 and 2017 Magazines can be accessed on NPCK website www.npck.org under the resource tab. Advertising spaces are also available. For more information, contact Thariq through firstname.lastname@example.org /0799739578.
POTATO VALUE CHAIN CAPACITY BUILDING PROJECT
The Potato Value Chain Capacity Building (PCB) Project is a three-year pilot project that aims to increase revenue for 3,000 smallholder farmers through training on good agricultural practices, facilitating access to affordable certified potato seed and creating linkages with formal and non-formal markets. Kevian Kenya Limited is expected to develop a market oriented network for supplying potato seed and other inputs with a target of distributing at least 5,000 tons of seed in partnership with IPM Potato Group. The PCB project partners are TEAGASC (The Agriculture and Food Development Authority, Ireland), IFDC, KEVIAN Kenya, KEPHIS, KALRO NPCK, and County Government of Nyandarua. For more information on the project visit the NPCK website www.npck.org, under the Partners activity tab.
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2017 Potato team pose for a photo after the marathon
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