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Spirit Newsletter nº5 / May 2016

Dear Spirit Forum member,

Last month we launched 19 new documents in the resources section of the Spirit portal.

Pay attention to the article East African Standards for fresh Potato tuber: Farmers guide, which summarizes the key requirements of relevant East African Standards (EAS) and codes of practice that guide farmers in producing and handling fresh (ware/Irish) potato tubers for fresh market and as a source of raw material for processors of chips and crisps.

In May, it has been shown the work that “Bubaare Innovation Platform Cooperative Society” is doing for promoting sustainable economic development among key stakeholders of the sector. The IP cooperative, which is based in Kabale (Uganda) and has over 1.171 members (451 men and 820 women), brings together potato growers with the vision of increasing production and profitability of their agricultural produce through good resource management, integrative value addition and enhanced access to finance resources, inputs and output markets.

New topics were added to our linkedin group this month. Check out and join at East Africa Potato Value Chain!

Next 1st-2nd June 2016, Europatat organises its annual Congress in Brussels (Belgium). The event has been organized in collaboration with Freshfel and will bring together industry leaders of these two major agriculture sectors in Europe to explore tips and strategies beyond the conventional planning to position potatoes and fresh fruit and vegetables into  a successful bright future.

We hope to see you on 13th-16th June 2016 at the Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) that will take place in the University of Rwanda, College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, where we will have a Spirit project stand (No. 7).

We will also are organizing the 6 th knowledge-exchange event of the “East Africa Potato Research and Knowledge Exchange Forum”, which will be held on 27 th June – 1st July 2016 at University of Nairobi (UoN), P.O. Box 30197-00100, Nairobi (Kenya). The event will be focused on “Processing techniques and technologies” and more than 15 relevant research entities from East Africa and Europe will meet there with the aim to share their knowledge and exchange real experiences about the topic.

Kind regards,

The Spirit Project Coordination Group

 

RESOURCES

Commodity-Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Production, Harvest, Storage and Packing of Potatoes
May 23 2016 by Inkoa

This document is intended to offer food safety guidance for all companies that produce, harvest, store, pack and transport potatoes, and does not include guidance for processing, distribution centers, retail, or foodservice. It is also intended to serve as a basic guideline to harmonize all food safety programs in how they assess and address food safety hazards known to affect the growing, storing and packing of potatoes, and may be used in conjunction with other food safety guidelines and standards

East African Standards for fresh Potato tuber: Farmers guide
May 5 2016 by Inkoa

This is a summary of the key requirements of relevant East African Standards (EAS) and codes of practice that guide farmers in producing and handling fresh (ware/Irish) potato tubers for fresh market and as a source of raw material for processors of chips and crisps.

UNECE STANDARD FFV-52 concerning the marketing and commercial quality control of early and ware potatoes
May 5 2016 by Inkoa

This standard applies to early and ware potatoes of varieties (cultivars) grown from Solanum tuberosum L. and its hybrids, to be supplied fresh to the consumer, early and ware potatoes for industrial processing being excluded.

Early potatoes are obtained from early varieties and/or are harvested at the beginning of the season in the country of origin. Early potatoes means potatoes harvested before they are completely mature, marketed immediately after their harvesting, and whose skin can be easily removed without peeling.

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NEWS

EVENTS

G.A.P. Awards 2016 - Calling All Producers!

May 5 2016

Here’s your opportunity to showcase your achievements and gain industry recognition for your efforts to implement Good Agricultural Practices on your farm. This year’s G.A.P. Awards 2016 will focus on the following three categories:

  1. Talent for agriculture, women and youth
  2. Watermanagement
  3. Integration of Smallholders

which are measured with the assessment criteria as follows:

  • Traceability - IT/Transparency Usage
  • Push for Partnerships/Co-operations (public, private, etc.)
  • Innovative Practices/Technologies
  • Economic aspect/created value
  • Passion and powerful story 

Your success must involve outstanding performance and achievements made in one or more of the above areas.

Mr. Karugaba John (UNSPPA member), contributing significantly to seed potato industry in Uganda

May 5 2016

Mr. Karugaba John is a seed potato multiplier/producer at karungu village, Mpungu parish- Hamurwa sub-county, located in the South Western highland region of Uganda. The SPIRIT participants of the fifth knowledge exchange forum visited his farm in April,2016. During the visit, they learnt that, he owns about 20 acres of land where he does his agricultural activities. He says that, he gained the skill of quality seed potato multiplication from trainings offered by Kachwekano Zonal Agricultural Research Institute (KAZARDI).

He now owns screen house, water reserve tanks, locally fabricated soil disinfector and diffused light storage houses of about 3 tones capacity. The major varieties multiplied at his farm are; Rwangume, Rutuku and Kachpot 1 which are favorite for crisp and chip processing. He says, each acre of land produces close to 450 bags of seed of 100kg weight. The marketing is done through UNSPPA joint marketing. He commented that, the business is profitable and he wants to make it a family business for children to carry it on. He bags in 50kg after grading the seeds in the three different sizes. A 50kg bag of big sized seeds is sold at UgX 120,000, medium size seeds is UgX 130,000 while the small size seeds is UgX 150,000. The difference in prices is due to the total number of the seeds contained in each 50kg bag, where the small sized seeds have higher numbers so high prices.

The Innovation Platform Multipurpose Cooperative Society in Kabale (Uganda) uniting potato growers for sustainable economic development

May 5 2016

SPIRIT project is partner with a Cooperative called “Bubaare Innovation Platform Cooperative Society” with Prof. Muyanja Charles (Cooperative Technical Advisor) representing the Cooperative on the SPIRIT Knowledge Exchange Platform. Bubaare IP Cooperative brings together potato, sorghum and honey farmers with the vision of increasing production and profitability of their agricultural produce through good resource management, integrative value addition and enhanced access to finance resources, inputs and output markets. Among the projects on value addition, the major ones include; crisp processing from potatoes, honey processing and bulking, and sorghum processing and bulking. The IP cooperative society has over 1,171 members (451 men and 820 women) and in 2015, the cooperative loaned out UgX 56,251,100m to some of its members. During the fifth event of the “East Africa Potato Research and Knowledge Exchange Forum”, members of SPIRIT project and other participants visited the Bubaare I.P Cooperative Society.

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7th Africa Agriculture Science Week

From 13/06/2016 to 16/06/2016 — Kigali, Rwanda

The Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) and FARA General Assembly (GA) is the principal forum for all stakeholders in African agriculture Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to reflect on their achievements and craft strategies and actions aimed at enhancing the contribution of agriculture STI towards accelerating the continent’s economic and social transformation. This event is organized every three years.

Potato Europe 2016

From 14/09/2016 to 15/09/2016 — Villers-Saint-Christophe, France

PotatoEurope is an international event dedicated to potatoes that takes place each year in one of the event’s four partner countries (Germany, Belgium, France, The Netherlands).

After three years abroad, PotatoEurope comes back to France with the hope of repeating the success of the last time the event was here in 2012.

Over 10,000 visitors, including 3,000 from 50 other countries are expected.

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