CARP+Seed Potato

CARP+ SPVC project is funded by MasterCard Foundation through the Regional Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM). The project aim is “Enhancing access to high quality seed potato for improved productivity and incomes of smallholder farmers in Nakuru County.

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COMMUNITY ACTION RESEARCH PROJECT

Egerton University and its collaborators are implementing an innovative agriculture development project titled “Enhancing production and access of high quality seed potatoes for improved income and livelihoods for smallholder farmers’ in Nakuru County, Kenya”. The project seeks to strengthen the capacity of approximately 6000 smallholder farmers in Nakuru County, through the facilitation of a seed potato value chain (SPVC) platform.

Overall and Specific Objectives.

  • Overall Goal

    To transform the seed potato value chain in Nakuru county into a vibrant
    commercialized sub-sector for improved income and livelihoods of
    smallholder farmers.

  • To improve research and practical skills of Faculty and students at Egerton University and Baraka Agricultural College

    1.1. To enhance research capacity in the seed potato value chain at faculty, PhD and     MSc levels at Egerton University through collaborative action research.

    1.2. To enhance research and agri-business skills of graduate and undergraduate students at Egerton University and Baraka Agricultural College through joint-experiential learning by engaging smallholder potato farmers and other relevant value chain actors.

  • To enhance production skills and access to quality seed potato for improved incomes of small holder farmer in Nakuru County.

    2.1. To build capacity in seed potato multiplication, access and use by smallholder farmers in Nakuru county, Egerton and Baraka Agricultural College.

    2.2. To enhance the production and availability of quality seed potato through good agricultural practices and postharvest management.

    2.3. To increase income of small holder seed potato farmers in Nakuru county through enterprise skills development, market linkages and contract farming.

  • To improve the governance and performance of the seed potato value chain in Nakuru County through a multi-stakeholder platform approach

    3.1. To develop a multi-stakeholder owned Nakuru Seed Potato Strategy (NSPS).

    3.2. To promote a multi stakeholder approach to lobby and advocate for evidence based inclusive policies in the seed potato value chain in Nakuru County.

    3.3. To strengthen existing seed potato value chain platforms to improve performance of the seed potato value chain in Nakuru County and national level.

8000

Farmers reached

2000

students

50

stakeholders

6

Counties

RECENT EVENTS ENTRIES

04/JUNE/2020

Planting of minitubers

Minitubers were obtained from the in-vitro that were planted in the greenhouse (hydroponics unit), the mini tubers were 4 varieties that are K.W, Kenya Karibu, Sherekea and Shangi variety. A total of 8,839 mini tubers were harvested from the greenhouse with Kenya Karibu variety giving the highest, Kenya Karibu variety gave out 4,517 mini tubers, Shangi variety 2,969, Sherekea variety 1,204 and K.W variety 149. The 8,839 mini tubers were then planted on a well-prepared field at field 7 on a ¼ of an acre. At field 7, two (2) varieties were planted in block H8 and H9 and extended to block I2 and I4, these varieties are Shangi and Kenya Karibu.
17/JUNE/2020

Mechanized spraying of seed potato

Spraying is one of the Good agricultural practices being observed by most farmers for the control of pests, diseases, and weeds. The activity started 3 days after 90% emergence of the potatoes. The first spray was for weed control using a selective pre/postemergence herbicide. Then followed the spraying of the fungicides to control fungal diseases like Blight (Phytophthora infestans and Alternaria Solani), the first one was done on date 17th June 2020 this is 5 days after emergence fungicide used was Rindomil gold (Mancozeb + Metalaxyl) at a rate of 50g in 20 litres of water, and then an interval of 5 days of spraying will be observed till harvesting. Spraying of fungicide was done by the use of a boom sprayer, which has 8 meters long spraying arms and 20 nozzles connected on the arms, the nozzles are spaced at 60cm. The pressure at which the boom sprayer sprayed was controlled by the speed of the moving tractor.

Establishment of demos and seed potato experiments

The carp project harvested experiments planted with Ph.D. students at Egerton University. This was part of experiential learning with the Ph.D. class being taught by Prof Kibe. Three Ph.D. students in Agronomy out of Six were able to participate. The rest of the students were not able to travel to Egerton. In addition, international postgraduate students have remained isolated as they reported that they are not able to participate in field activities due to risks associated with interacting with local students and or farmers.

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Lucky Nyasulu

Lucky Nyasulu

MASTERS IN COMMUNITY STUDIES AND EXTENSION

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Lamech Amwine

Lamech Amwine

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN COMMUNITY STUDIES AND EXTENSION

Lamech Amwine is a Ugandan national, born in 1988 in Katikamwe village, Kyabugimbi Sub County, Bushenyi district in western Uganda.Born from a poor background Lamech,.Read More.

Judith Cheruiyot

Judith Cheruiyot

MASTERS OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN COMMUNITY STUDIES AND EXTENSION

Judith Cheruiyot is a Kenyan by nationality, from Uasin-gishu County, Sergoit location. She was born in 1991 and a third born in a family of, 2 girls and 2 boys. Read More..

Mr. John Atsu Agbolosoo

Mr. John Atsu Agbolosoo

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN AGRI-ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT

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Prof Anthony Mwangi Kibe (PhD)

Prof Anthony Mwangi Kibe (PhD)

DEPARTMENT OF CROP HORTICULTURE AND SOILS EGERTON UNIVERSITY

Antony M. Kibe is an Associate Professor of Agronomy, in the Crops, Horticulture and Soils Department of Egerton University (CHS), Egerton University, Kenya and formers Senate Representative (Associate Dean) of the Faculty of Agriculture from Nov 2010 to 2014. Read More..

Dr. Milcah Mulu-Mutuku

Dr. Milcah Mulu-Mutuku

SENIOR LECTURER IN THE DEPARTMENT OF APPLIED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT STUDIES, EGERTON UNIVERSITY

She holds a PhD and MSc in Entrepreneurship from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agricultural Technology, Kenya and BSc. in Agriculture and Home Economics from Egerton University, Kenya.

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John Ng’ang,a

John Ng’ang,a

RESEARCH ASSISTANT.

John Nganga is a PhD Agronomy Student at Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya. He is working on Potato Cyst Nematode Management and the mechanisms involved in yield loss under PCN infestation. His interests include modelling pathogen population dynamics,

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The CaWSA- Centre showcases various water conservation, storage, abstraction and distribution systems and soil and moisture conservation technologies, innovations and management practices (TIMPS).

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Prof. Anthony M. Kibe,

CaWSA – Centre Coordinator
Crops, Horticulture and Soils Department, Egerton
University, Njoro, Kenya.

Email: akibe@egerton.ac.ke,
+254721402957

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