In an effort to continue supporting potato farmers to improve potato productivity through adoption of good agricultural practices and better technologies, NPCK and partners organized potato field demonstrations and trainings in five pilot counties. The planning of the activities started in the month of April 2020 with the Council partnering with ADC Molo, Agrico EA, CIP, Corteva Agriscience, Cropnuts and Yara East Africa Ltd to set up seven demo sites in 5 counties. The sites are in Uasin Gishu, Bomet, Narok, Nyandarua, and Nyeri Counties.
The farmer trainings took place between 20th July to 25th July 2020 in Ainabkoi, Ndaraweta, Enabelibel, Kinangop and Kieni west. Farmers were trained on recommended practices such as; soil testing services, apical cuttings technology, seeds selection and use of quality varieties/certified seeds, crop nutrition, crop protection and spray service provision. During the trainings, COVID-19 preventive measures such as social distancing, wearing of masks, sanitization and temperature check using thermo guns were observed. Farmers were trained in 3 sessions in groups of 15 to avoid overcrowding in line with the Ministry of Health guidelines. The events were officially graced by the local administration and county departments of agriculture. About 300 participants attended the training.
On the left a spray service provider in action and on the right farmers are taken through importance of using certified seed in one of the trainings