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  DECEMBER -JANUARY E-NEWSLETTER

KEPSA CONVENES AGRICULTURAL STAKEHOLDERS’ WORKSHOP

The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) convened an agricultural meeting on 4th December 2019 in Nairobi. The meeting was aimed at forming an agricultural umbrella body in the country and also to discuss key issues in agriculture sector and propose solutions and action areas that will revolutionize the sector.

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POTATO STAKEHOLDERS MEET TO DISCUSS FACTORS AFFECTING THE SUBSECTOR

The Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) together with NPCK convened a meeting on 6th December 2019 in Nairobi to brainstorm on the issues affecting the potato industry and come up with possible intervention measures.

 

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CLIMATE RESILIENT POTATO PRODUCTION HANDBOOK STAKEHOLDER VALIDATION WORKSHOP

NPCK in collaboration with key partners in the Potato subsector under the umbrella of Potato Training Committee successfully developed a Potato Production Handbook in 2019. However, the ongoing drastic climatic changes necessitated the need to review the handbook with a goal of accommodating Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) technologies and practices for Kenyan farmers and agri-entrepnuership

 

CLIMATE RESILIENT POTATO PRODUCTION HANDBOOK STAKEHOLDER VALIDATION WORKSHOP

NPCK in collaboration with key partners in the Potato subsector under the umbrella of Potato Training Committee successfully developed a Potato Production Handbook in 2019. However, the ongoing drastic climatic changes necessitated the need to review the handbook with a goal of accommodating Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) technologies and practices for Kenyan farmers and agri-entrepreneurs

 

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AFRICA CEO FORUM 2020

The Africa CEO Forum is an annual gathering of decision-makers from the largest African companies as well as international investors, multinational executives, heads of state, ministers, and representatives of the main financial institutions operating on the continent. AGRA in collaboration with  KEPSA hosted a CEO networking event on January 16, 2020 in Nairobi.

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AGRI-CHAIN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM ROLL OUT

Agriculture is key to Kenya’s economy, contributing 26 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and another 27 per cent of GDP indirectly through linkages with other sectors.  Although it’s a vital sector in Kenya, farmers still face serious challenges such as limited access to financial services, poor marketing systems, high post-harvest losses and

 

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NYS TUMAINI FARMERS FIELD DAY

The National Government has identified food security as one of the key pillars under the big 4 agenda and the Development Policy for 2017-2020. To achieve this, the Government identified potato among the crops selected to facilitate the delivery of the food security pillar.

 

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NYERI COUNTY GOVERNMENT, ASDSP, KCSAP AND NPCK CREATE PARTNERSHIP FOR TRANSFROMING POTATO SUBSECTOR IN THE COUNTY

The County Government of Nyeri, Kenya Climate Smart Agricultural Programme, (KCSAP), Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP) and NPCK held a meeting on 27th January 2020 at the county agricultural offices to discuss areas of partnerships and collaborations in the potato value chain.

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TRUE POTATO SEED TO BE RECOGNIZED

Availability and affordability of certified seed potato has been one of the challenges that the potato value chain has faced despite numerous interventions by the subsector players. This is set to change when KEPHIS finally authorize registration and sales of True Potato Seed (TPS).

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V4CP CONTRIBUTION IN ADDRESSING POST-HARVEST LOSSES IN THE POTATO VALUE CHAIN

Voice for Change Partnership (V4CP) program running from 2016-2020, led by the Netherlands Development organization (SNV) is a multi-country and multi-sector project (funded by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands) focusing on evidence-based advocacy to provide an enabling environment for business and improved service delivery to communities.

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NPCK 2019 TEAMBUILDING

The NPCK held its end year team building event on 20th December 2019. The goal of this day is to have the employees bond in a relaxed atmosphere, break office monotony and strengthen  team work within the council.

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IMPORTANCE OF EARTHING UP IN POTATO PRODUCTION

Earthing up refers to the act of heaping soil around the root zone of the potato plant. It is one of the primary production practices that must be done to increase the potato yield.

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POTATO AS AN ALTERNATIVE CATTLE FEED

With increasing cattle feed prices and limited supplies, there is a need to consider other alternative cattle feed. A good option is potatoes especially because during glut there is a lot of potatoes that go to waste. However a few practical points should be considered when feeding potatoes to cattle.

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INTERESTING ALTERNATIVE USES OF POTATOES

We are very much aware of processed potato products like Crisps, chips, soup thickeners and others. But did you know that Irish potatoes can be used in making many industrial products apart from those we consume as food? Today we will learn different uses of potato far from the kitchen use.

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POTATO VOCABULARIES EXPLAINED

This month we shall learn about two terms used regularly in potato farming; dormancy and dehaulming Seed dormancy Seed Dormancy is a condition where seeds will not sprout even when the environment conditions are favorable for sprouting.

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AGRICO EA & FTMA& PARTNERS INVITE YOU FOR A FIELD DAY

  Agrico EA, CGA / FtMA & partners Potato Demo (Irrigated) Date: Tuesday, 3rd March 2020 Time: 10:00am Venue: Alex Macharia’s farm in Ndimu farm village, Elburgon

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POTATO GOODNESS

In the potato goodness corner, we shall look at how to prepare potato soup. Ingredients: 4 large potatoes 2 Carrots Celery leaves 2 cups of milk 1 cup of flour Salt, pepper Thin bacon   Directions: Slice the bacon into thin pieces.

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EDITORS APOLOGY

Our attention has been drawn to the use of a wrong picture in November’s newsletter in an article titled The Launch of Potato Multistakeholder Platform in Nigeria and Cameroon. The picture was erroneously used to depict the launch in Nigeria.

 

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