• NYERI COUNTY ASSEMBLY GETS SENSITIZED ON THE COUNTY’S DRAFT POTATO STRATEGY

    Participants during the Nyeri Potato Strategy sensitization meeting to its county assembly. The department of Agriculture of the County Government of Nyeri in conjunction with NPCK under the support of ASDSP and KCSAP convened a meeting on 23rd September 2020 in Nyeri with a goal of sensitizing members of the County Assembly on the draft […]

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  • NPCK CONTINUES TO SUPPORT FARMERS ACCESS POTATO MARKETS

    Discussions in progress: Representatives of NPCK, Viazi Kings, Hand in Hand and Producer Organizations during the meeting  which was held in Kuresoi sub-county, Nakuru County. Potato farmers in the country face various challenges in production and marketing such as; inadequate market information, access to high quality inputs, unstructured market system, unstandardized potato packaging, inefficient grading […]

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  • RAPID APPRAISAL ON POTATO PESTS IN NYANDARUA COUNTY BEGINS

    Damage on a potato inflicted by the potato tuber moth Photograph by Silvia I. Rondon, Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Oregon State University. Potato pest infestation is one of the main reason for high yield potato losses occurring in the field and during storage. In trying to manage this situation, potato farmers have resorted to […]

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  • GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES 5 AGRICULTURAL REFORM BILLS

      Agriculture CS Peter Munya announcing the introduction of the new bills. Photo by Kilimo News The Kenyan Government has launched five agricultural reform bills. These include: Coffee Bill 2020, Fibre Crops Development Authority Bill 2020, Food Crops Development Bill 2020, Horticulture Crops Authority Bill 2020, Miraa, Pyrethrum and Industrial Crops Bill 2020. Roots and […]

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  • POTATO FARMERS BET ON WRAPPED SEEDS TECH TO KEEP PESTS AT BAY

        Paul Karanja at his Shangi Seed of potatoes in Elburgon, Nakuru County. FILE PHOTO | NMG In a tiny village in Nyandarua, not far from the Aberdare Forest, dozens of potato farmers shelter under a tent to avoid the biting cold descending from the hills as they follow lessons on potato farming. The […]

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  • RESEARCHERS USE INFRARED IMAGING FOR MORE EFFICIENT WATER USE

      Water is essential for food production, with farming accounting for about 70% of global freshwater use. As countries expand agriculture to feed the population of approximately 9.7bn forecast for 2050, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that irrigated farming will need to increase by more than 50%. Yet climate […]

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  • HIGH-SPEED POTATO GRADING AND QUALITY INSPECTION USING NEWTEC OPTICAL SORTING MACHINE

              The newtec optical sorting machine: The machines are designed to sort potatoes by size, shape and quality in a single-stage process. Photo courtesy of: newtec.com   Newtec’s optical sorting machine for potatoes, model Celox-P-UHD, is designed to sort potatoes by size, shape and quality in a single-stage process. The machine […]

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  • WHAT WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SOLANINE

        Green potato tubers: The color indicates presence of of a toxic chemical solanine. (Photo courtesy of alamy.com) Solanine is a glycoalkaloid poison found in species of the nightshade family within the genus Solanum, such as the potato, the tomato, and the eggplant. The chemical is a natural pesticide and is meant to protect […]

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  • FARMERS IN OL KALOU GET TRAINED ON POTATO TECHNOLOGIES

    Corteva Agriscience representative training farmers on pesticide products use in potato farming today in in Nyeri County, Kieni East. NPCK together with its partners conducted a farmer training in Nyandarua County, Olkalau on 20th August 2020 with the goal of showcasing different technologies in potato production. The partners involved included Agrico East Africa, Corteva Agriscience, […]

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  • EGERTON UNIVERSITY HOSTS FAMER FIELD DAYS ON CLIMATE SMART SEED POTATO MULTIPLICATION

    A section of the participants during the mini-field day. The event seeked to demonstrate seed potato multiplication and ware potato production under climate smart practices to farmers Seed potato production in Kenya is highly centralized and confined to a few specialized individuals and companies, thus making it difficult for farmers to economically access quality seed. […]

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