• Request for exemption of cess on seed potato

    Cess is a charge levied by county governments on agricultural produce at barrier points mainly found at county exit and entry points. In the potato sub-sector, access to certified seed potato has been a challenge to majority of smallholder farmers. Seed potato also needs special handling and distribution system making it relatively expensive and out […]

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  • Capacity building farmers on safe use of agrochemicals

    Continuous capacity building of farmers and other players is essential in the potato value chain as new technologies emerge daily and demand for ware potato continues to increase thus need to increase productivity and production. With the support of Agrochemical Association of Kenya (AAK), NPCK has been conducting farmer trainings on safe agrochemical use. The […]

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  • Access of certified seeds and inputs made easier

    Potatoes take 3-4 months to be ready for harvesting. Having good soil and certified seeds are important factors to consider when you want to venture into potato farming. Certified seed potatoes are produced under strict quality management practices to ensure they are of high standards with high germination rates and free from pests and diseases […]

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  • Elgeyo Marakwet to scale up potato seeds production

    Farmer groups in 14 potato producing wards in Elgeyo Marakwet County received seed potato from the County Government in partnership with the Agriculture Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP). The 300 bags superior pre-basic and C2 seeds were sourced from Nakuru and Nyandarua counties in an initiative aimed at enabling County farmer groups to generate their […]

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  • Potato marketing; benefits of collective marketing

    Collective marketing is where a number of growers work together  to  sell their  combined  crops  which may  require  additional storage,  processing or  packaging and the costs are shared by the group. Usually, these are common interest groups or producer business groups. Their main goal is to collectively achieve the required quantities of the produce and […]

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  • Warehouse receipt system in potato farming

    The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives (MoALF&C) in consultation with agricultural sector stakeholders identified warehouse receipt system (WRS)  as a key intervention to improving agricultural commodities’ storage, reduce post-harvest losses, curb value chain inefficiencies, and increase financial lending and earnings in the agricultural sector. The government included ware potato in the strategic food […]

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  • What every potato farmer should know about late blight and early blight

    Potato diseases results into high yield losses both in the field and during storage. This condition has forced farmers to resort to excessive use of agrochemicals, which is posing danger to the environment, to humans and beneficial organisms. Cost of inputs like agro-chemicals and labour is also increasing at an alarming rate. The potato diseases […]

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  • Translating digital potato marketing dreams into possibilities

    Potato (Solanum tuberosum L) is an important food and cash crop in Kenya. It plays a key role in contributing towards food and nutrition security, poverty eradication and employment creation. The potato consumption is growing tremendously and this is attributed to urbanization and population growth. Increased consumption can also be attributed to changing consumer tastes […]

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  • Employment opportunities for the youth in potato value chain

    Potato subsector has a potential to create sustainable employment opportunities for youths and women along the value chain. Potato is grown by up to 800,000 to 1,000,000 smallholder farmers owning about 0.25-5 ha. Potato production area is approx. 120,000-150,000 ha in the country. However, with current productivity levels being less than 10 tons per ha […]

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  • Training farmers on contract farming in Elburgon, Nakuru County

    In effort to continue supporting potato farmers improve potato productivity through adoption of good agricultural practices and better technologies, NPCK and partners organized potato field Farmers training in Elburgon with New Molo Cooperatives to demonstrate the planting procedure for Markies variety. NPCK, has continued to encourage farmers to produce different potato variety as a form […]

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