• DIGITAL SUB-SECTOR NETWORKING SESSION AT SERENA HOTEL

    Digital Sub-sector participants A digital subsector networking session was held on 2nd December 2021 at Serena Hotel where NPCK showcased Viazi soko digital platform. The NPCK Viazisoko Digital Platform is a Web-based portal, Mobile App and USSD platform developed by The National Potato Council of Kenya (NPCK) and Partners with a focus for online marketing […]

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  • LOW SEED POTATO DEMAND

    Source: weekly potato prices in major towns Seed potato industry has grown progressively from about 7 seed potato producers in 2013 to 28 in 2021. The production of certified seed potato has also increase drastically in the resent past with more farmers accessing quality seeds. This has been accelerated by the use of Viazi soko […]

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  • SKY ROCKETING FERTILIZER PRICES

    Crop nutrition is very essential when it comes to planting potatoes. To complement the nutrients in the soils, farmers use organic or inorganic fertilizers to replenish the nutrients. Most farmers in the country tend to use the inorganic fertilizers in planting potatoes. In the recent past, fertilizer prices have increased to about 100%.   There […]

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  • KENYA’S COMPETITIVENESS IN REGIONAL AGRICULTURAL TRADE

    Inset: Key participants in the Kenya dialogue 2021 Potato is increasingly becoming important in Kenya and the region. Being the second most important food and cash crop after maize, the crop greatly contributes to Kenya economy.  As the industry grows and transforms from a relatively semi-commercial subsector into a more commercialized industry, more ware and […]

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  • FROST EEFECTS ON POTATO PRODUCTION

    Frost or Cold Damage is a condition that exists when the air temperature near the earth’s surface drops below 0 ̊C. The temperature in which frost occurs depends with the crop species and cultivars. Frost damage in potato is likely to occur when the temperature drops to -2 ̊C or lower. On foliage, frost causes […]

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  • NEW BACTERIAL POTATO DISEASES FOUND IN KENYA

    In 2019/20 CABI and KEPHIS conducted an extensive survey on potato diseases most notably on blackleg, a “wilting disease” caused by a complex of bacteria, including Pectobacterium and Dickeya spp. This group of bacteria referred to as the “Erwinia complex” are spread by tuber, by water, insects, wind and rain. The full report of 157 […]

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  • HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW POTATOES

    Potatoes are an important subsistence cash crop in Kenya. Half of the potato crop is harvested in the first six months and the other half in the second six months. There has been a slight increase in potato production mainly due to the growth in population but also to a diversification of crops in growing […]

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  • KEROSENE PRODUCED FROM POTATOES

    Creating a promising aviation fuel from potato production wastes is a possibility in laboratory conditions. The BioJet Fuel project, running from 2017 to 2020, aimed to define the conditions needed to scale this process and create a viable production chain for bio-based aviation fuels. The raw materials used are potato residual streams from potato processing. […]

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  • BENEFITS OF POTATO TO OUR SKIN

    Like many others, do you also throw potato peels into the garbage bin? If yes, then you are actually disposing off a large number of healthy ingredients. Well-known for its disease-fighting abilities, the skin of potatoes is far more beneficial to health and beauty than the vegetable itself We all know that potatoes are rich […]

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  • PLANTS TO AVOID GROWING POTATOES WITH

    Potatoes do not grow well with other plants.  Take good precaution when planning your vegetable garden. When planting potatoes, you should avoid the following: Apple, peach, and cherry trees. Fruit trees like peach, apple and cherry often attract blight, a disease that can decimate a potato crop. If you have peach, apple or cherry trees […]

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