PARTICIPATION IN CARP PROJECT ACTIVITIES BY LUCKY NYASULU

Since I joined POTATO CARP project in September, 2017 I have gained a lot of knowledge and skills on Potato crop. First of all, in my life, I didn’t know anything about seed potato, my mother used to plant potatoes from the seeds which were always saved from the previous growing season or they were bought from the neighbours. As such I grew up to know that potato seed is obtained from the previous crop. However, being involved in CARP activities like baseline survey, trainings, field days and trade fairs…

REPORT ON POTATO VARIETY FIELD DAY HELD AT AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION (ADC), MOLO- SIRIKWA ON 8TH SEPTEMBER 2017.

The ADC Molo-Sirikwa farm, potato variety field day was organized by Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate services (KEPHIS) and its stakeholders. KEPHIS is a government parastatol whose responsibility is to assure the quality of agricultural inputs and produce to prevent adverse impact on the economy, the environment and human health. The objective of the event was to create awareness on seed potato varieties as well as educate on new improved varieties. Potato is the second most important food and nutrition crop in Kenya after maize. Nyandarua is the highest potato producing…

SEED-POTATO CARP+ PROGRESS REPORT FROM SEPTEMBER 2017 TO MARCH 2018 BY TAGDEV STUDENT MR. JOHN ATSU AGBOLOSOO,

Irish potato is a vegetable crop that has a short growing period of three to four months. The crop is ranked 4th most staple food crop after rice, maize and wheat. Irish potato was first introduced in Kenya by European farmers first in late 19th century in Kiambu, Murang’a and Nyeri district. The 5th biggest producer of Irish potato in SSA according to studies conducted by many researchers is Kenya and produce about 1 million metric tonnes annually. Irish potato is the 2nd most important staple food crop after maize…

Curriculum Review

The workshop was convened at Egerton University between 8th and 9th June 2017 to review the curriculum of the regional MSc course in Agri-enterprise Development. The main objectives were to: 1. Appraise course achievement since its launch 2. Receive feedback from stakeholders on the course implementation 3. Reflect on context changes in the implementation landscape in order to determine needed changes 4. Review the curriculum to reflect new context and respond to feedback from implementation stakeholders 5. Propose strategies to improve implementation of revised curriculum. Click to download full report…

Students Field Trips

The Field day was held at ADC Sirikwa farm in Molo Sub County, Nakuru County. It was organized by KEPHIS in conjunction with ADC- Molo. The main focus of this field day was to improve the potato seed variety awareness among the small scale farmers in Nakuru County and its environs.According to the Ministry of Agriculture there are 52 potatoes seed varieties currently available. The event also provided an opportunity for industry players to show case the available agricultural technologies which can be applied to increase yields. Participants of the…

Retooling Workshop

To equip the staff with the necessary tools, skills and knowledge that will improve the teaching methods geared towards producing graduates with real life experiences in addressing actual community challenges and needs for agricultural rural transformation. Download full Report

National Forum

The meeting was held on 12th to 13th February 2018 at Masada Hotel, Kenya. This was the first national event organized by TAGDev @ Egerton program. The event whose theme was Enhancing University- Industry linkages for Agricultural Growth and Development was in line with the TAGDev program mission of training a generation of Agleaders for Agricultural Transformation in Africa. Prof. Nancy Mungai, TAGDev@Egerton Program Coordinator, in her opening remarks gave an overview of the program. She indicated that, TAGDev program intends to train high innovative agricultural leaders who will drive…