• RESEARCH: SMART IRRIGATION SYSTEM CAN WARN OF PLANT DISEASE

    US Federal and state researchers are studying irrigation scheduling and a potential for water savings in potato plants at the Conservation and Production Research Laboratory at Bushland. AberdeenNews.com reports that the three-year project, supported by the Texas Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant program, is a collaboration between Susan O’Shaughnessy, Ph.D., U.S. Department of […]

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  • WARE POTATO MARKET PRICES IN MAJOR TOWNS IN THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER

    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 November 2020.            MONTH OF […]

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  • BENEFITS OF POTATOES: 14 INCREDIBLE BENEFITS OF THIS SUPER VEGETABLE THAT YOU MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN

      By Sushmita Sengupta– India     Potatoes: The super vegetable has many benefits that are not known to many. Potatoes are one of the most popular vegetables in India and worldwide. All thanks to potatoes, we have our beloved French fries, which is one of the human race’s favorite dishes. Although this dish is […]

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  • POTATO GOODNESS

    Serve with desired kachumbari as a snack or accompaniment. Potato Egg Kebab. In the potato goodness corner, we shall look at how to prepare Potato Egg Kebab. Ingredients: 4 large potatoes Chopped rosemary leaves 1 tablespoon of cooking oil 2 pinches of salt Half tablespoon pepper 4 boiled eggs Cumin powder 1 cup of wheat/maize […]

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  • 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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