16 March 2021
NPCK training in six counties
THE National Potato Council of Kenya (NPCK) and partners conducted demonstration and farmer training in six major potato producing counties recently, with the goal of showcasing different technologies/ innovations and GAPs for potato production.
The partners involved included Agrico EA, Cropnuts, Baraka, Amiran, Fanisi, Omnia, UPL, Corteva, Bayer, Osho chemicals, Lachlan, Amiran, AAK and Hygrotech.
More than 400 potato farmers were trained in the six counties (Meru, Nyandarua, Nakuru, Bomet, Narok and Elgeyo Marakwet) on recommended practices such as; soil testing services, seeds selection and use of quality seeds, crop nutrition, crop protection spray service provision and use of Viazi soko platform to access quality inputs and services. The county potato liaison officers and ward agricultural officers also participated in the training where they sensitized farmers on the potato regulations 2019 and other county strategies in place for promoting potato production.
The photo shows a UPL representative training farmers on crop protection in Nakuru County, Molo.