• Left: Uasin Gishu County officials procuring seeds from Singus Enterprise. Right: Nyeri County officials receiving seed potato they bought from ADC Molo.

    ACUTE SEED POTATO SHORTAGE

    The current season, which started in March, has seen an increase in the demand for quality seed potato in the country as majority of farmers embark on planting. Kenya’s estimated annual demand for certified seed potato stands at 30,000 tons. However, the country only produces about 6,700 tons, with most farmers recycling part of their […]

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  • A sample transport pass for potato farmers.

    CHALLENGES IN POTATO TRANSPORTATION DURING VOVID-19 LOCKDOWN

    Since COVID-19 was first detected in Kenya, the government has come up with various mitigating measures including some of which restricted movement such as the dusk to dawn curfew. Other restrictions followed, such as movement in and out of the Nairobi Metropolitan area as well as to and from the Counties of Kilifi, Kwale, and […]

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  • A sample of KEBS PVoC. The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Enterprise Development has granted request to exempt agricultural produce for a period of 6 months to allow necessary policy and legal frameworks be developed and well aligned.

    KEBS WAIVES THE PVoC REQUIREMENT FOR 6 MONTHS

    KEBS had started implementing a Legal Notice 183 that required all imports into the country undergo a Pre Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC). This requirement subjected all imports to verification in the country of origin before being allowed into the country. Only a few products were exempted from this requirement. The PVoC translated into increase […]

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  • COUNTY GOVERNMENTS PREPAREDNESS ON COVID-19

    Part of the County governments mandate is to implement government policies including agricultural policies. With the recent restrictions of movement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, county governments through the Council of Governors (COG) chairman issued a statement on their preparedness. Among the measures the county governments come up with is to waive cess on foodstuff […]

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  • A photo of Shangi. The most common potato variety in the country.

    BANDWAGON EFFECT IN THE POTATO SUBSECTOR

    The bandwagon effect is a psychological phenomenon in which people do something primarily because other people are doing it, regardless of their own beliefs, which they may ignore or override. In other words, as more people come to believe in something, others also “hop on the bandwagon” regardless of the underlying evidence. This tendency of […]

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  • Potato trucks stuck in Elgeyo Marakwet, one of the major potato producing counties. The heavy rains make transport of potato on non-all weather roads very challenging. This lead to reduced supply to the markets and contributes to increased potato prices.

    WARE POTATO MARKET PRICES IN MAJOR TOWNS IN THE MONTH OF APRIL

    NPCK collects and updates the prevailing ware potato market prices in 5 major towns 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 the month of April 2020. MONTH OF […]

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  • County Potato Platform members in a Workshop in Nakuru County

    POTATO STAKEHOLDER FORUMS

    The Potato Council has a number of forums and platforms aimed at supporting initiatives at different levels of the value chain which as point of references for potato activities, engagements, information exchange, planning and coordination. One such platform is the Potato Partners Platform (PPP). The PPP is made up of development partners and organizations supporting […]

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  • A potato field: Site selection is paramount in potato farming.

    CRITERIA FOR SELECTING A SITE FOR PLANTING POTATO

    Before engaging in potato farming, it is important to consider the suitability of the land which you intend to farm. You should seek to answer the following questions ;                                       Has the site been used for production of potato or crops in the Solanaceous family such as tomato, tree tomato, brinjals, capsicum, pepino melons and black […]

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  • Potato peels

    UTILIZATION OF POTATO PEEL AS A FOOD PRESERVATIVE

    Synthetic food preservatives could be used alone or in combination with natural preservatives. Both synthetic and natural antioxidants have been used in food industry; however, application of synthetics preservatives has potential carcinogenic effects but the use of natural preservatives alone has a better advantage for human health with low side effect. As a result, attention […]

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  • WATER USE AND MANAGEMENT IN POTATO PRODUCTION

    Potato plant has got relatively high demand for water usage in the course of its growth compared to most plants. The peak of its water requirement is during the tuber bulking stage normally six weeks after emergence). During this stage, the plant demand high amounts of water to produce food for itself and for storage. […]

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