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Spirit Newsletter nº9 / September 2016

Dear Spirit Forum member,

Last month we launched 16 new documents in the resources section of the Spirit portal. Especially, the document The Value of Seed Potatoes from Four Systems in Kenya summarizes the seed potato system, identifies problems, determines use of high quality seed and estimates farmer willingness to pay for different types of seed.

Moreover, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has introduced “Kakasa” E-Tag Service for Standardization of Agricultural Products. UNBS’ E-tag System Kakasa or E-Verification is a brand protection system that uses a unique scratch code packaging label containing a 14 or 16 digit verification number. The ultimate goal of Kakasa is to increase the use of high-quality agricultural inputs in Uganda and decrease the prevalence of counterfeit seeds and pesticides and, therefore, increase yields in the agricultural sector.

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

Next 9th-13th October, The Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) and the International Potato Center (CIP) will be co-hosting the 10th Triennial Conference of the African Potato Association in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) at the United Nations Conference Center. The 10th Triennial Conference brings together researchers, development agents and the private sector to exchange experiences and recent research findings on potato and sweetpotato in Africa. The major focus of the international conference will be the potential of potato and sweet potato to address food security and malnutrition in Africa, in particular, the promising contribution of the two crops to rural economic growth in Africa and its promising economic value for farmers and entrepreneurs.



Kind regards, The Spirit Project Coordination Group

RESOURCES

Market Analysis of Potato Value Chain in 3 target countries of East Africa
September 20 2016 by INKOA

This study, commissioned by AGRA, Grow Agrica and UPL, looks at the market opportunity for scaling the potato value chain in East Africa. More specifically the study focuses on the overall market opportunity for value addition in potato in Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda.

The current weaknesses in the value chain, combined with the rapidly increasing demand for potato and processed potato products, presents an opportunity to more than double farmer incomes in parts of the region, while strengthening the value chain.

The Seed Potato Gap in Uganda: An Investment Opportunity, and a Challenge for Value Addition
September 20 2016 by INKOA

Shortage in seed potato is identified as a major problem affecting quality potato production in the Kigezi sub-region. The shortfalls in supply has three dimensions (i) the limited volumes of clean seed produced, and (ii) inadequacies in the supply of the right potato varieties - to support industrial level processing of potato into crisps and quality frozen chips. A mix of both primary and secondary (FAOstat) data are used to quantify the volumes and value of basic seed potato produced through the certified sources: the Kachwekano Zonal Agricultural Research Development Institute (KAZARDI), and the private foundation seed potato multipliers. Currently it is estimated that the country needs to produce about 25,400 metric tons of quality seed worth Ugx 28.1 Billion (US$ 8.2 million) which is about 34 percent of the required amounts. In addition, some of the seed supplied by private seed producers is of low quality; only 47 percent of the seed multipliers are registered, which points to the weaknesses in the seed regulatory system.

The Value of Seed Potatoes from Four Systems in Kenya
September 26 2016 by University of Nairobi

Although potatoes are the second most valuable crop in Kenya, poor seed potato quality has limited industry expansion. The objectives of this study were to describe the seed potato system, identify problems, determine use of highquality seed and estimate farmer willingness to pay (WTP) for different types of seed. Data was collected from interviews, forums and surveys. A contingent valuation method (CVM) model was also developed to analyze the factors that influence farmer WTP. It was found that the seed system consists of three sub-components: Formal, Semi-Formal and Farmer. More than 96 % of Kenya seed potatoes were produced in the Farmer category, and were considered to be poor quality. Growers identified bacterial wilt, viral diseases and late blight as the most serious problems. The WTP model revealed that farmer age, distance to seed source, potato training, gender and region were statistically significant explanatory variables. The study recommends that training be conducted to increase production of “clean seed” and “positively-selected seed” in the Semi-Formal part of the seed system.

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NEWS

EVENTS

15,000 Kenyan famers get new potato seeds

September 1 2016

Meru County Government has launched an initiative seeking to empower 15,000 potato farmers to shift from subsistence to commercial farming by using good seeds for planting.

Deputy Governor Raphael Muriungi said the county, in partnership with Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centre, will help farmers pursue value addition, seed production and marketing of their harvest. -Phares Mutembei

Private sector key in deepening fertiliser use

September 26 2016

Soils naturally contain many nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous, calcium, and potassium, which allow plants to grow in a healthy way.

But when these nutrients are missing or are in short supply, plants suffer leading to poor harvest.Today, however, use of fertiliser has become inevitable because most soils are suffering ill health due to over cultivation of a single crop.No farmer in the country currently can boost of good harvest without the use of fertiliser.

 

Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) Introduces “Kakasa” E-Tag Service for Standardization Of Agricultural Products.

September 1 2016

UNBS’ E-tag System Kakasa or E-Verification is a brand protection system that uses a unique scratch code packaging label containing a 14 or 16 digit verification number. When the buyer scratches the label, a number is revealed. This code is then sent by SMS to the number indicated on the label and a message will be sent back confirming whether the product is genuine or not. If the message confirms it is genuine, then it means the product is a licensed original and the quality is backed by the companies that manufacture and/or import them. If there is a rejection/not genuine message then the farmer should not buy or use the product. If the agro-dealer has purchased the product for resale to farmers, a complaint then can be lodged to ensure the necessary action is taken against the supplier.

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Nairobi International Trade fair

From 03/10/2016 to 09/10/2016 — Nairobi Kenya

Nairobi Agricultural Society international show and trade fair welcomes all participants to showcase ongoing research and best practices in Agriculture and related fields this year.

THE APA 10TH TRIENNIAL CONFERENCE 2016

From 09/10/2016 to 13/10/2016 — Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) and the International Potato Center (CIP) will be co-hosting the 10th Triennial Conference of the African Potato Association in Ethiopia. It will be held October 9th to 13th, 2016 in Addis Ababa at the United Nations Conference Center.

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