• NPCK CONTINUES TO SUPPORT FARMERS ACCESS POTATO MARKETS

    Discussions on progress Representatives of Kiambu NARIGP, Kiambu MOALFC, NPCK, Viazi Kings Ltd and Producer Organizations during a meeting in Kiambu County to discuss how to support potato farmers access markets. The potato sub-sector is faced with challenges in potato marketing such as inadequate market information by farmers, unstructured market system, unstandardized potato packaging, inefficient […]

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  • POTATO STAKEHOLDERS MARK THE NATIONAL POTATO DAY

    The event was marked in the country by a team of experts discussing the state of potato farming in Kenya on Standard group media channels The Potato is already an integral part of the global food system. It is the world’s number one non-grain food commodity with the total world potato production being estimated at […]

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

    NPCK collects and updates the prevailing ware potato market prices in 5 major towns namely Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa, Meru and Eldoret 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 […]

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  • CLIMATE CHANGE EFFECT ON POTATO PRODUCTION

    Climate change is the long-term or permanent shift either upwards or downwards of average climatic condition for instance temperature, rainfall, wind, humidity. Potato production depends on rainfall and temperature. The variability of these key parameters due climate change will affect conditions necessary to cultivate potato. Extreme weather events such as high rainfall, temperatures and humidity, […]

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  • CLIMATE RESILIENT AGRICULTURE IN POTATO PRODUCTION

    Drip irrigation used on a potato farm. In this method ,water application efficiency is high when managed correctly and fertilizer and nutrient loss is minimized due to a localized application and reduced leaching. Photo courtesy of :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md-BdIlSbzs   Climate Resilient Agriculture (CRA) is an integrated approach with three sustainable development dimensions (economic, social and environmental) […]

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  • PROFITABLE POTATO FARMING

    Agrico EA has developed a detailed growing guide and a short video tutorials, explaining step-by-step how farmers can follow good agricultural practices to achieve profitable potato farming. To watch the video tutorials click here  

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  • PULSED ELECTRIC FIELD TECHNOLOGY: A SUSTAINABLE PROCESSING SOLUTION

                      Above and below: Potatoes being treated using Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) system (Elea GmbH) in an industrial setting. (Photo courtesy of potatopro.com) Consumer interests in healthier and fresher foods have driven much of the interest in advanced preservation methods, such as pulsed electric field (PEF) processing. […]

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  • WHAT MAKES A POTATO GROW EYES?

    Cream potatoes with pink eyes. Eyes on potatoes are the growing points on potato tubers, each with a little stem bud (something that is not yet mature or at full development) blinking. Potatoes, unlike other garden crops, are usually not grown from small seeds. Instead, they grow from small cubes of tubers cut into portions […]

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  • POTATO GOODNESS

    In the potato goodness corner, we shall look at how to prepare Crispy Potato Wedges/Chips on a Frying pan. The first thing is to ensure you get the right type of potatoes, I. e one that does not mash easily when boiled. To get different varieties of potatoes one can refer to our 2019 potato […]

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  • CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE

    Potato cultivation usually involves intensive soil tillage throughout the cropping period which often leads to soil degradation, erosion and leaching of nitrates. During soil preparation, the entire topsoil is loosened particularly on sticky soils – crushed into small aggregates to avoid the formation of clods in the potato beds. Conservation Agriculture (CA) a resource-saving crop […]

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