NATIONAL POTATO COUNCIL OF KENYA
E-Newsletter July 2019 Issue

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The 2019/2020 Kenya Budget in relation to agriculture

The Kenya government unveiled the 2019/2020 fiscal budget KES 3.2 trillion which  outlined the government plan to implement its Big 4 Agenda on food security, affordable housing, manufacturing and affordable healthcare. The increase in budget allocation in agriculture from KES 45 billion in 2018/2019 financial year to 52 billion or 2.9 % of this year total budget Read more

  Update on County Potato Strategies

National Potato Council of Kenya (NPCK) continues to partner with county governments and other potato industry players to develop County Potato Strategies that are customized to suit each county’s uniqueness and address specific challenges and constraints in the counties while taking advantage of the existing and untapped potentials. The County Strategies will help in harmonizing Read more

Public Sensitization of Potato regulations in Kieni East and West Sub Counties

SABEKE Cooperative in Nyeri County held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 14th June 2019. In attendance were the Assistant County Commissioner (ACC), area MCA, farmers, representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture Nyeri County, NPCK, KSCAP, ASDSP, service providers in seeds, agrochemicals and machinery. NPCK took the opportunity of the event to explain the key Read more

Deliberations on Agriculture Produce Cess

The Cereal Growers Association (CGA) convened a meeting on 13th June 2019 at Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel in Westlands that was attended by AFA, NPCK, Cereal Millers Association (CMA), East Africa Grain Council (EAGC) and Flower Council of Kenya among others. Agricultural Produce Cess (APC) is a levy charged by counties on agricultural produce including Read more

Market Profiling In Nakuru County

Potato industry still faces major challenges such as inadequate market information, unstructured market system, unstandardized potato packaging, inefficient grading and sorting by farmers among other challenges. Direct market linkage between farmers and market outlets is widely viewed as part of the solution to solving the aforementioned challenges. NPCK, through the support of the seed potato Read more

National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP)

The National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Project (NARIGP) is a Government of Kenya and World Bank/ International Development Association (IDA) funded project. The project covers the following 21 counties: Samburu, Turkana, Makueni, Meru, Kitui, Embu, Kilifi, Kwale, Narok, Kirinyaga, Kiambu, Muranga, Nakuru, Bungoma, Trans Nzoia, Nandi, Vihiga, Kisii, Nyamira, Migori and Homa Bay. NARIGP is Read more

ZEBA Trials and Field Day

NPCK draws synergies from a wide membership of organizations and forges partnerships that are beneficial to the farming communities. NPCK has partnered with UPL, to promote a product called Zeba. This is a starch-based, superabsorbent soil enhancer designed to keep a constant supply of moisture available to germinating seed, seedlings, and plants throughout the growing Read more

Opportunities for Youths in Seed Potato Production

NPCK has embarked on a mission to sensitize and support youths on the various business opportunities along the potato value chain. One such mission took place on 10th May 2019 at KALRO Tigoni with an aim of showcasing some of the new technologies in potato seed production that can be of interest to the youths. Read more

Mau Fleet Sacco Members sensitized on the potato regulations

On Saturday 29th June 2019, NPCK engaged with over 50 large scale potato farmers in Nakuru Town. The farmers who belong to Mau Fleet Sacco, gathered to be sensitized on the new potato regulations 2019. The sensitization exercise was conducted at Texas Hotel in Nakuru where the farmers committed to support the implementation of the Read more

Bungoma County Farmers Sensitized on the new Potato Regulations

On 26th June 2019 NPCK sensitized over 100 farmers drawn from various sub counties in Bungoma County on the Crops (Irish Potato) regulations, 2019. The farmers had converged at Mabanga ATC to elect interim committee members for the Bungoma County Potato Cooperative society. NPCK also trained the farmers on Viazi Soko platform and issued the Read more

YARA MILA Fertilizer trial

One way NPCK seeks to build a robust potato industry is by promoting best practices in the production of potato in order to achieve high quality standards and at the same time improve yields. The Potato Council in partnership with YARA MILA fertilizer company has established a research trial that aims at analyzing the effectiveness Read more

Presentation of the ASTGS to the Private Sector

NPCK attended a meeting organized by Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi on13th of June 2019 .The meeting was intended to give the private sector a better understanding of the document and their role in its implementation by the government. Agriculture Sector Transformation Growth Strategy (ASTGS) is a document that Read more

Quality Control and Tracking of Certified Seeds

Seed quality assurance is an important aspect of seed potato production, storage and distribution. A good quality seed potato has a potential of increasing yield by 30 to 50 per cent compared to “recycled” seeds. In the recent past, a number of clients have complained of buying disease infected certified seed potato, wrongly labelled certified Read more

Agricultural Technology Development Center Meeting

The department of Agriculture Technology Development Centre (ATDC –Ruiru) which is under ministry of Agriculture, livestock and fisheries, organized for a meeting  with the NPCK on  30TH May 2019 in Ruiru. ATDC is a national station established for capacity building, promotion and adoption of appropriate tested and validated agricultural technologies used in value addition and Read more

POTATO UTILIZATION AND VALUE ADDITION

How to make Potato Flour

Simply peel the potatoes, wash, cook and then mash them. Spread the paste out on a dehydrator for 12 to 20 hours. Then run them through a blender to crush into fine powder or use a pestle and mortar. Store the flour in an airtight container to avoid absorbing moisture. To produce one kilo of Read more

 

 

 

Potato: The Misunderstood Nutritional Champion

Potatoes, despite being a nutritious crop are widely perceived to be unhealthy and have been wrongly blamed for obesity in urban areas. However, when prepared and consumed in the right way, potatoes are one of the healthiest foods. Consider the following benefits: Potato is the most filling food in the world One of the biggest. Read more

NPCK and Partners Team Building Activities

Team building is important in any organisation as it helps the staffs break down office monotony and personal barriers eliminate distractions, boost employee morale and enables them have fun collectively. NPCK fully recognizes this and endeavors to participate in various outdoor activities. One of such events is the annual Standard Chartered Marathon, an annual event Read more

AgriFI Kenya Challenge Fund

The second call for applications for the AgriFI Kenya Challenge Fund is now open. Self Help Africa invites eligible small and medium Agri-enterprise with business models that integrate smallholder farmers/pastoralists to apply for this opportunity. For more details including eligibility criteria click on www.agrifichallengefund.org Written by: Charity Maina, Research & Development Dept. NPCK Read more


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