NPCK OCTOBER 2018 E-NEWSLETTER

THE MERU POTATO MARKET FORUM  

The NPCK in partnership with International Potato Center (CIP) and Meru County department of Cooperative organized the Meru County potato-marketing forum on 26th October 2018 at Alba hotel, in Meru through support from Accelerated Value Chain Development, Feed the Future (AVCD-FtF) project. In attendance was the AVCD chief of party, Dr Kiome, County minister of Cooperative and Chief Officer County department of Agriculture. The forum brought together the Meru potato farmer groups/cooperatives and potato buyers to engage and plan how farmers will produce and supply potatoes in the coming season. From the Business to Business (B2B) discussions, farmers had opportunity to understand specific requirements for each buyer such as varieties preferred, quantities and tuber sizes to supply, need for grading and sorting among others. The buyers present included: Twiga foods, Midlands, Java, Bundi ventures, Viazi kings and Gakoromone traders. The event was also graced by Meru Governor Hon. Kiraitu Murungi and deputy governor Hon. Titus Ntuchiu who passed by to get a brief of the occasion.

The governor of Meru fourth from right, Hon Kiraitu Murungi followed by AVCD chief of party Dr. Kiome and deputy governor Hon Titus Ntuchiu pose for a photo together with some of the participants of the forum

KEPHIS POTATO VARIETY AWARENESS CAMPAIGN IN LAIKIPIA COUNTY

The potato variety awareness campaign is an initiative by KEPHIS and stakeholders to promote potato production and raise awareness on potato varieties with their adaptability. On October 12th 2018, the campaign took place at Mr. Joseph Wakahiu’s farm, Laikipia West, Mahiga Meru ward and the event was graced by KEPHIS Managing director Dr. Esther Kimani. Dr. Kimani encouraged farmers to use certified seed and noted that KEPHIS was ready to work with counties to develop capacity in seed potato production and certification. Over 300 farmers drawn from Laikipia and neighboring counties participated in the event.

The variety awareness campaign in Laikipia was a confirmation that potatoes can thrive in dry areas. Good timing particularly at onset of the rains, using quality seed potato and adopting good agronomic practices are key factors for good production. As an alternative crop, the twenty varieties planted did exemplary well

One of the varieties displayed during the field day

SEED POTATO AVAILABILITY FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2018

The table below shows the available seed potato from registered seed potato merchants for the month of November 2018. For more information, farmers and customers can reach the companies through the contacts provided.

 

Seed company

Variety available

Location

Contacts

Kisima farm

Sherekea, Panamera, Voyager and Dutch robijn

Timau Meru

0721 325 269

Stockman Rozen

Cuttings of ; Unica, Dutch robijn, Sherekea, Shangi, Asante and Kenya mpya

Naivasha

0720 603 990

ADC Molo

Minitubers of;Kenya Karibu and Sherekea

Nakuru

0721 202 565

MINISTERIAL STAKEHOLDERS’ FORUM

The Ministerial stakeholders’ forum between private sector and the ministry of Agriculture was held on 17th October 2018 at Kilimo house. The meeting was organized by KEPSA’s agriculture sector board with the aim of discussing ways of increasing agriculture productivity through creating a central data collection house, strengthening and supporting agriculture information sharing,  providing enabling policy and regulatory environment and promoting high quality and affordable inputs.

At the meeting, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation State Department of Agriculture, CBS, EGH Mwangi Kiunjuri, reassured commitment on development and implementation of potato production, handling and marketing regulations. The CS informed the participants of the approval and Gazetment for public review.

Participants of the minisrerial forum

DEVELOPMENT OF SEED REGULATIONS FOR VEGETATIVE PROPAGATED MATERIALS

The seed and plant varieties Act (Cap 326) includes regulations on seed certification, variety release and evaluation and plant variety protection. The Act governs the seed industry in Kenya while the seed certification regulations govern the production, processing, testing and sale of seeds. However, the current regulations as framed are biased towards crops propagated through true seed. This limits production and distribution of quality seed for vegetative propagated crops.

To address these challenges, a team of experts comprising of representatives from Seed Trade Association of Kenya (STAK), Kenya Market Trust (KMT), NPCK, KEPHIS, KALRO, JKUAT and MoA&I-State department of crop held a two days meeting on 23rd and 24th October 2018 in Machakos. The aim of the meeting was to identify gaps in current regulations regarding vegetative propagated materials (VPMs) and to propose improvement areas. The team agreed to develop a new set of regulations that covers VPMs, which will be starting soon.

NATIONAL SEED POLICY REVIEW INITIATIVE

The National seed policy gives the MoA&I an outline of interventions that will enable achievement of the objective to avail adequate high quality seed and planting materials to farmers to improve their agricultural production. Since it’s last review in 2010, there has been a lot of development in technology and innovations that need to be incorporated and hence the need for its review. STAK organized a meeting on 16th October 2018 at KEPHIS where issues identified for consideration in the review process included: Integration of systems that include formal and informal seed systems; the technologies advancements in seed production; phytosanitary issues such as emerging pests and diseases and inclusion of systems that strengthen production of early generation seed and vegetative propagated Materials. All the stakeholders in the seed industry are called upon to get involved in the review process by sending their recommendations /suggestions to NPCK through npck@npck.org for incorporation.

THE GREEN FINANCE AND BONDS ENGAGEMENT MEETING

The green finance and bonds engagement meeting held on 18th October 2018 at Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel in Parklands was organized by the Kenya Bankers Association in conjunction with Kenya Green Bond Program and World Wide Fund (WWF). In attendance were Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), WWF Kenya, Strategic Business Advisors (Africa) Limited (SBA) and Kenya Bankers Association.

The aim of the meeting was to receive findings of a research funded by WWF on the credit demand for green finance within the agriculture sector by SBA to KEPSA members. The research was part of a three-part study on credit demand, which will influence private sector investors within the green economy which aligns with climate change policy work championed by KEPSA.Read more

POTATO TEAM MAKES IT AGAIN IN THE 2018 STANDARD CHARTERED MARATHON!

The Standard Chartered Marathon is an annual event that aims at raising funds for tackling avoidable blindness and visual impairment under the theme seeing is believing. NPCK and partners under the “Potato Team” took part in this year’s Marathon held on 28th October, 2018. This is the second time the potato team is taking part in this annual event. The team comprised of NPCK staff and representatives from Agrico E. A, Sereni Fries, MoALF&I and Kevian Kenya Ltd and their families. Besides the main objective of the Marathon, Potato team came together to promote potato as the second most important food and cash crop, and its role in the big 4 agenda under the theme “Promoting potato for food security and Agribusiness”. The team had participants in the 5 Km (family fun), 10 Km and 21 Km races who all gracefully completed their races despite the chilly weather. After the race, the Potato Team had a networking session to share their experiences. Some members of the team had done exceptionally well with Mr. Geoffrey Angukwa, NPCK Staff, finishing 9 minutes behind the overall winner in the 21Km race. Awards for the best in all categories in the potato team shall be handed over once the Standard Chartered certificates are out. The awards will be provided by Kevian Kenya Ltd who also provided gift hampers to the potato team members.

NPCK highly appreciates the partners who joined the 2018 potato team and looks forward to having more partners on board during the 2019 race.

The potato team proudly display their medals after a successful race

POTATO PROCESSORS MEETING

TechnoServe Kenya organized a potato processor meeting on 27th September 2018 at Jacaranda Hotel, Nairobi. The aim of the meeting was to: increase understanding of opportunities in the potato value chain with emphasis on processed chips market segment; agree on the best approach for ensuring growth of the industry for the benefit of all players; and facilitate networking and creation of partnerships. To help improve market information dissemination, the web based Viazi soko platform developed by NPCK, was one of the solution presented to the participants. The processors were urged to take advantage and register their details on the platform www.npckviazisoko.com  in order to access information on the potato available for sale as well as place an order. The meeting was attended by representatives from the Ministry of trade and Agriculture, NPCK, potato processors and finance institutions.

THE 2ND CONFERENCE ON DEVOLUTION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The 2nd Conference on Devolution for Sustainable Development was held at United States International University-Africa. The three-day conference started on 26th September 2018 and was officially opened by the Devolution and ASALs Cabinet Secretary Hon. Eugene Wamalwa. The theme of the conference was Policy and Legislative coherence for advancing partnership in implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the context of devolution.

Devolution and ASALs cabinet secretary Hon Eugene Wamalwa pose for a photo together with other participants of the 2nd Conference on Devolution for Sustainable Development

The purpose of the conference was to bring together stakeholders with the key objective of delivering on the twin objectives of effective citizen-engagement in making devolution work and mainstreaming the localization of the implementation and evaluation of SDG’s. It aimed at providing a vibrant platform for pooling best information to address pressing and complex problems locally with global mindsets. The SDGs will be mainstreamed in County Integrated Development Plans to enhance the implementation of SDGs on alleviating hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture.Read more

INVITATION TO ATTEND PUBLIC REVIEW FOR POTATO REGULATIONS 

The potato regulations 2018 are undergoing a 14-day’s public review which started on Tuesday 6th November 2018 and ending on 20th November 2018. To send your comments, download the regulations and comment form from AFA website www.agricultureauthority.go.ke under statutes and regulations or NPCK website www.npck.org, Fill your comments and then send them through the Principal Secretary-State Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation, P.O Box 30028 Nairobi, e-mail: psagriculture@kilimo.go.ke or the Director General, Agriculture and Food Authority, P.O. Box 37962-00100, e-mail: info@agricultureauthority.go.ke  or  info@afa.go.ke or drop the comments at AFA offices. The National Validation workshop to discuss and validate the Irish potato regulations, regulatory impact statement and comments received from the public is set on 21st November 2018 at KALRO Headquarter, Loresho. Please plan to attend.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  1. National Validation Workshop on Irish Potato Regulations on 21st November 2018 at KALRO Head Quarters Loresho starting at 8.00 am
  2. National Seed Potato stakeholders on  29th November 2018
  3. Israeli Agricultural Business forum on 27th November 2018 at Vila Rosa Kempiski starting at 8.00 am 2018
  4. North Rift Region Potato Fair 25th January 2019
  5. APA Conference 2019 http://www.africanpotatoassociation.org/conference-2016/
     
 

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