A section of the participants during the mini-field day. The event seeked to demonstrate seed potato multiplication and ware potato production under climate smart practices to farmers
Seed potato production in Kenya is highly centralized and confined to a few specialized individuals and companies, thus making it difficult for farmers to economically access quality seed. Farmers therefore tend to recycle uncertified potato seeds. It is for this reason that Egerton University organized a mini field day with an intention of demonstrating seed potato multiplication and ware potato production under climate smart practices. NPCK organized and coordinated 18 youths and progressive farmers from Nyandarua and Elgeyo Marakwet counties to attend the field day at Egerton which was held on 21st August 2020. They were taken through tissue culture seed multiplication, establishment and management of Aeroponics and hydroponics seed multiplication technologies and conventional seed potato production. The participants were also taught about proper seed and ware potato storage.
The field day set the stage for the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP) that is working on validating and scaling up quality seed potato production, post-harvest and distribution models & policies for improved access and incomes. An inception meeting for the project was held on 17th July 2020 at KALRO-Dairy Research Institute in Naivasha. The project will cover Nyandarua, Elgeyo Marakwet and Nyeri counties with the sole purpose of increasing supply and use of high quality seeds. The potato council will work in collaboration with Egerton University, JKUAT, UoN, CIP, KEPHIS and KALRO in the implementation of this project in the targeted counties.