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RESOURCES
Potato Growers’ Biosecurity Manual
July 2 2018 by INKOA

In May 2018 was published Potato Growers’ Biosecurity Manual by the Industry Representative Body for vegetable and potato growers AUSVEG.
The manual is specific to the Australian situation, but all potato growers can find in it interesting information or tips.


 

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E-Agriculture in action: Drones for agriculture
April 10 2018 by INKOA

This publication is the second in the series titled E-agriculture in action (2016), launched by FAO and ITU, and builds on the previous FAO publications that highlight the use of ICT for agriculture such as Mobile technologies for agriculture and rural development (2012), Information and communication technologies for agriculture and rural development (2013) and Success stories on information and communication technologies for agriculture and rural development (2015).

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RECENT NEWS
New GB potato varieties approved for export to KenyaJuly 2 2018

Thanks to sucessfull field trials, 3 british potato varieties have been approved for release in Kenya. According to Rob Burns, AHDB Head of Crop Market Trade Development, “Kenya has a burgeoning middle class; and as well as table varieties there is a growing need for processing potato seed to supply the growing market for premium potato-based products such as crisps and chips.” 

In terms of performance, the Lady Balfour variety had an average of 56 tonnes per hectare, the Cara variety 52 tonnes per hectare and the Gemson variety yielded 42 tonnes per hectares on average.

In Kenya potatoes are the second most important food crop after maize.

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The Kenyan Meru county engages Canadian investors on potato processingJuly 2 2018

According to the Daily Nation, Kiraitu Murungi, the governor of Meru County in Central Kenya, is banking on Canadian investors to increase potato production and processing in the region.

Mr Murungi said they held fruitful talks with Canadian experts and processors to boost potato farming and value addition in Meru. He added that he held very fruitful discussions with Guelph University officials on possible collaboration in research and marketing of agricultural produce.

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Presentation of the HORTI-GREEN project at the University of NairobiJune 28 2018

On June 20th 2018, the University of Nairobi hosted a workshop with MSMEs in order to present the HORTI-GREEN project, to encourage them to get involve, to network and to get information.
The Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Prof. John Wangai Kimenju, welcomed all participants .
The Workshop brought together the project partners (Fundación Sustalde, University of Nairobi, Consumer Information Network and the Kenya Bureau of Standards), some horticultural processing MSMEs, business intermediaries and service providers with the aim of presenting the HORTI-GREEN project. 
Several topics were discussed: trade, health, food and environment, sustainable production, individual contributions by MSMEs to SCPs and challenges faced by consumers to access sustainable products.  The participants also attended a presentation of the ISO 14000 family of standards, benefits of ISO 14001 certification and the process of certification which included awareness creation, training, documentation, piloting, installation, improvements audits and certification .
The different presentations were followed by round tables with MSMEs in order to collect information on environmental, economic and social hotspots of the horticultural processing industry and to identify the needs of the target group.

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UPCOMING EVENTS
From 19/12/2015 to 29/12/2015Njombe and Mbeya

The four innovation sessions involved gathering together farmers, seed producer, NGOs, extension worker, researchers, and policy makers with the aim of achieving the following objectives:

  • Strengthen the capacities of relevant stakeholders along the potato value chain to adapt existing and generate new innovative technologies and practices.
  • Bring together research organizations and relevant stakeholders, show practical case studies of the advantages of innovation along the value chain and identify possibilities of collaboration between the different actors involved.
  • Get stakeholders’ opinion on the main gaps and weaknesses of existing policies, regulations and standards.
  • Foster the adoption of innovative technologies and practices
From 18/01/2016 to 22/01/2016Nanning, Guangxi, China

The congress represents a unique opportunity for exchanging expert and scientific advice on Root & Tuber Crops (RTCs) and will facilitate the discourse amongst key root and tuber crops stakeholders like farmers, end-users, researchers, the private sector and donor agencies.

It aims at raising awareness of the importance of the RTCs in the world, reviewing recent scientific progress, identifying and setting priorities for new opportunities and challenges as well as charting a course to seek R&D support for areas where it is currently inadequate or lacking.

Due to its structure and content, the congress will facilitate the process of bringing together the scientific world and the private sector.

From 19/01/2016 to 19/01/2016Holiday Inn - Peterborogh, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England

AHDB Potatoes and industry experts will debate key topical technical issues

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