• LATE BLIGHT MANAGEMENT MEETING

    Late blight is a disease that is caused by a pathogen called phytophthora infestans whose primary host is potato but can infect other crops like tomato. This disease can infect potato foliage and tubers at any stage of crop development. Knowing the symptoms and disease cycle of this rapidly destructive disease is necessary to implement […]

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  • THE 2019 EASTERN AND CENTRAL REGION POTATO FAIR

    The Eastern and Central Region Potato Fair was held on 29th November 2019 in Meru County. Over 30 exhibitors displayed their products and services in the areas of Crop protection, Mechanization, Soil nutrition, Seed and Ware potato production, Financing, crop rotation among others. The event had over 1,000 registered participants that included farmers, stakeholders, and […]

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  • IMPACT OF DIFFERENT SEED POTATO SPACING ON YIELD

    Good crop spacing is one of the agronomic practices that contribute to high yield of various crops when followed appropriately. In potato production, spacing of tubers during planting should be 75cm between rows depending on the variety. The distance between one plant and the next on the same row should be 30cm. However, most small […]

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  • HOW TO STORE POTATOES AT HOME

    Potato is a nutritious food that is widely enjoyed around the world . Its popularity can be partly attributed to its wide availability as a staple food.  Being a vegetable crop, potatoes are perishable and in order to extend their shelf lives and prevent wastage they need to be stored properly. The following are different […]

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  • POTATO VOCABULARIES EXPLAINED

    This month, we shall learn about two Common Potato pests; Aphids and Tuber moth. Aphids This is an insect that sucks sap from plants and transmit viral diseases like potato leaf roll virus.                            Left a Picture of Potato leaf infected by viral disease spread by aphids. Right: a […]

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  • POTATO GOODNESS CORNER

    In the potato goodness corner, we shall look at how to prepare Potato smoothie. Ingredients: 4 large potatoes 2 cups of milk 2 table spoons of cocoa powder 1 table spoon smooth peanut butter (Optional) 2 table spoonsful of honey or any other sweetener.   Directions: Peel the potatoes and cut them into small sizes. […]

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  • THE SECOND SPEAKER’S ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSES AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY

    The National Potato Council of Kenya (NPCK) participated in the second Speaker’s Roundtable meeting with the 12th Parliament from 17th to 19th October 2019 in Mombasa. The Speaker’s Roundtable meetings enables the private sector to conduct structured engagement with both Houses of Parliament (the National Assembly and the Senate). Building on the success of the previous Speakers’ Roundtable […]

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  • NAROK COUNTY LAUNCHES THE 2019 POTATO REGULATIONS

    The county government of Narok continues to engage all potato stakeholders with an aim of developing the potato industry in the county. On 9th September 2019, the county convened a meeting in Enkare area, Narok East Ward. The purpose of the meeting was to officially launch the Crops Irish (Potato Regulations) 2019 and set the […]

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  • IMPORTED SEED POTATO TO BE AFFECTED BY NEW GOVERNMENT DIRECTIVE

    Recently Kenya Bureau of Standards had started implementing a government circular on Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC). The circular directs imports including potatoes to have a PVoC certificate from country of origin. It also directs reduction of government agents at points of entry and KEBS to be the lead clearing agent at ports of entry. […]

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  • POTATO SEED TRADE MEETING

    Availability, access and affordability of quality certified seed potato remains a major problem in the potato subsector. It is in this regard that the KEPHIS convened a meeting on 8th October 2019 to discuss new technologies such as apical cuttings, tissue culture and aeroponics. Organizations present included Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (JKUAT), […]

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