• POTATO CURING TO REDUCE POST HARVEST LOSSES

    POTATO CURING TO REDUCE POST HARVEST LOSSES Most farmers contribute to post harvest losses unknowingly by use of sharp objects during harvesting hence causing cuts on the tubers. These cuts comprise of injuries to the tissues and because the tubers are already detached from the mother plant, the ability to heal is greatly reduced. The […]

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  • MOLO FARMERS TRAINED ON POTATO POST HARVEST MANAGEMENT

    MOLO FARMERS TRAINED ON POTATO POST HARVEST MANAGEMENT On 29th August 2019, Egerton University organized for a Potato Post Harvest Management training at Baraka Agricultural College in Molo. The farmers were trained on a range of topics such as potato harvesting, sorting, storage, grading and packaging. The training was conducted by Dr. David Picha, a […]

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  • FARMERS’ TRAINING ON APICAL CUTTINGS

    FARMERS’ TRAINING ON APICAL CUTTINGS Certified seed potato production in the country does not meet the current demand. Only less than 4% of the required quantity is produced and supplied. The current seed systems rely on production of minitubers from tissue culture plants in a screen house followed by three to four seasons of multiplication […]

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  • CROP MANAGEMENT PRACTICES IN SEED POTATO FARMING

    CROP MANAGEMENT PRACTICES IN SEED POTATO FARMING Crop Management refers to the agricultural practices used to improve the growth, development, and yield of agricultural crops. During crop growth, it is necessary for potato farmers to observe good agricultural practices (GAPS) which contribute towards achieving quality yields. The following are some basic crop management practices in […]

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  • HEALTH BENEFITS OF POTATOES

    HEALTH BENEFITS OF POTATOES Potatoes are edible tubers, available worldwide and all year long. They are relatively cheap to grow, rich in nutrients and they can make a delicious meal. The fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals it provides can help ward off disease and benefit human health. Some of the health benefits of potatoes include: […]

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  • COLLECTIVE POTATO INPUT PROCUREMENT AND MARKET LINKAGE IN NYANDARUA

    Low potato productivity is mainly attributed to poor accessibility of appropriate inputs and services while low quality potatoes is majorly caused by poor pre- and post-harvest management practices among potato farmers. To address this, NPCK is supporting farmer groups/cooperatives in procuring farm inputs and services collectively as well as link them to identified potato market […]

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  • NAKURU COUNTY POTATO REGULATIONS WORKSHOP

    After the successful development and gazettement of the Crops (Irish potato) regulations 2019, county governments have the role of promoting awareness of the regulation as well as enforcing it. In line with this, the Nakuru county government in collaboration with NPCK, Netherlands Development Organization (SNV), Agriculture Council of Kenya (AgCK), Sustainable Agriculture Community Development Programme […]

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  • DIGITIZATION OF CROSS BORDER TRADE

    One of the challenges in engaging in international trade on crops in Kenya has been the slow clearance process which keeps the goods in transit delayed at the export zone. Considering the high perishability of fresh agricultural produce, this delay may lead to reduction in their quality and lead to economic losses. In line with […]

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  • NYANDARUA COUNTY UNVEILS ITS POTATO COORDINATING UNIT

    The Nyandarua County government in partnership with NPCK has formed and launched a Nyandarua County Potato Coordinating Unit, whose responsibilities include overseeing the implementation of the county’s potato strategy and coordinating potato activities in the county. The unit will collaborate and work with other potato players in the county with an aim of sharing information, […]

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  • NYANDARUA COUNTY FARMERS SENSITIZED ON THE NEW POTATO REGULATIONS

    On 24th July 2019 NPCK convened a meeting at Ol’Kalou, Nyandarua County to educate farmers on the new Crops (Irish Potato) Regulations 2019. In attendance were the County ministry of agriculture representatives, International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC) representative and over 40 farmers drawn from various sub-counties in the County. The purposes of regulation and key […]

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