• NPCK AND PARTNERS SUCCESSFULLY CONDUCT FARMER DEMO TRAININGS

    UPL representative training farmers on crop protection in Nakuru County, Molo NPCK and partners conducted demonstration and farmer trainings on 1st to 9th February 2021 in six major potato producing counties with the goal of showcasing different technologies/ innovations and GAPs for potato production. The partners involved included Agrico EA, Cropnuts, Baraka, Amiran, Fanisi, Omnia, […]

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  • POTATO CYST NEMATODE WORKSHOP

    Patches of poor growth in a potato field: Other symptoms include stunting of plants, early senescence (premature aging) of plants due to damage on roots leading to Yellowing (chlorosis) and wilting, particularly under moisture stress. Nematodes are very small, slender, eel-shaped, worm-like organisms. The Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN) are among the many types of nematodes. […]

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  •  DEVELPOMENT OF THE NEW NATIONAL POTATO STRATEGY IS ALMOST COMPLETE

    Participants during the virtual stakeholders’ validation forum for the Draft National Potato Strategy (2021-2025) The process of developing an updated National Potato Strategy (2021-2025) has been on-going under the coordination of NPCK. In December last year, stakeholders converged virtually to validate, comment and enrich the draft developed by the technical team. Participants in the forum […]

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  • NPCK 2020 TEAM BUILDING

    The NPCK held its end year team building event in December last year. The team spent the better part of the day climbing Mt. Longonot and thereafter held other team building activities. The goal of the day was to have employees bond in a relaxed atmosphere, break office monotony and strengthen team work within the Council. […]

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  • AWARENESS CREATION AND PRETESTING OF THE UPGRADED VIAZI SOKO PLATFORM WITH FARMERS

    Left: Farmers from Kiambogo Kianjogu Coop posing for a photo. Right: phone screen of a farmer registered successfully using the USSD short code The process of upgrading Viazi Soko Digital Platform is now complete. The platform is able to help solve a number of challenges facing potato farmers and others stakeholders in the subsector. Among […]

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  • NPCK CONTINUES TO ESTABLISH MORE POTATO FARM INPUTS DROP POINTS

      Representative of FtMA, CGA, Viazi kings, NPCK and Seguton Golden farmer group during the visit to Mr. Micheal Tesot Farm Input Hub in Kuresoi Nort Su-conty of Nakuru County NPCK is in the process of identifying and profiling drop points to be used as delivery places for farm inputs ordered by farmers through Viazi […]

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  • WARE POTATO MARKET PRICES IN MAJOR TOWNS IN THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY.

      NPCK collects and updates the prevailing ware potato market prices in 5 major towns; Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa, Meru and Eldoret on its website twice a week.  This information is useful to potato stakeholders particularly farmers and market outlets in their selling and buying decisions respectively. Below is a summary of the market prices in […]

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  • SOIL CONDITION FOR POTATO PRODUCTION

    Source: Potato production handbook By NPCK https://npck.org/Books/PotatoProductionHandbook2019(002).pdf Potato can be grown in a wide range of soil types but well-drained loamy to sandy loam soil is the most recommended. It also grows well with adequate fertilization even in sandy soils. Black soils that have undesirable physical and chemical qualities should be avoided. The pH should […]

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  • RESEARCHERS IDENTIFY AND CHARACTERIZE POTATO DRY ROT AND POTATO WILT PATHOGENS IN ALGERIA

    Photo: Fusarium dry rot. OMAFRA Fusarium is one of the most important genera of phytopathogenic fungi, causing potato wilt in the field and potato tuber dry rot during storage. The objectives of a study by researchers from Algeria and Poland were to identify Fusarium species associated with both potato diseases in different growing regions in […]

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  • USE OF POTATO PEEL EXTRACT AS AN ANTIOXIDANT

      A photo showing potato peels used for extraction of antioxidant. In the last decade, there has been increasing attention given to new sources of natural antioxidant phytochemicals as a result of their potential health benefits, in addition to their functional properties in traditionally commercialized products such as preserving color and flavor and hence improving […]

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