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 county followed by Meru and Nakuru County. Other potato producing ares include; Narok, Nyeri, Bomet, West Pokot Taita-Taveta, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Trans-Nzoia, Bungoma, Uasin-Gishu and Kiambu.
The challenges farmers in Kenya face include; Late blight and bacterial wilt diseases, unavailability of quality seeds, intensive labor for production of seed potato and most farmers have not adopted the improved varieties. During this event, I was able to learn on seed potato production, varieties, solar irrigation, pest control as well as crop nutrition products. There were different stakeholders in potato sector who showcased/exhibited their products and services among them include:

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