According to Food and Agriculture organization Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) is a “collection of principles to apply for on-farm production and post-production processes, resulting in safe and healthy food and non-food agriculture products, while taking into account economic, social and environmental sustainability” (FAO,2016). GAPs also aim at achieving optimum produce from the farm by employing efficient agronomic practices. Examples of GAPs include worker hygiene and health, pest control, fertilizer and manure use and water quality throughout the production and harvesting process.
NPCK recognizes the important role of GAPs in potato farming and endeavors to train farmers repeatedly on them. Recently the Council and The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) trained farmers in Nyandarua on good agricultural practices in ware and clean seed production. Farmers were also trained on importance of using certified seeds, right fertilizer application, disease and pest management. Farmers were also trained on NPCK Viazi Soko digital platform.
Left, the potato demo farm in Nyandarua that is being used to train farmers on GAPs. Farmers being trained on the Viazi Soko Digital Platform.