Disease resistant potato seeds launched in Dedza
July 09, 2019
In an effort to combat diseases which have been hampering potato yields for the past two years in Dedza, International Potato Centre (CIP) recently handed over disease resistant Irish potato seeds to ten farmers in the district.
Bad seed potato imports hit Kenyan farmers ahead of the rainy season
March 26, 2019
Kenyan farmers are facing a shortage of certified seed potatoes following the rejection of 78 percent of the planting materials that had been imported last year.
Potato Farmers in Uganda are waiting for new GM 'Victoria'
July 07, 2018
Victoria - a popular local potato variety in Uganda - is extremely susceptible to potato Late Blight disease, but a resistant GM version of this variety has been developed.
With testing almost complete, it is up to the government biosafety regulatory authorities in Uganda.
Three new seed potato varieties from the UK recommended for export to Kenya
July 01, 2018
Based on extensive trials (two years, three separate farms, ten potato varieties) in a joint effort of AHDB, James Hutton Ltd, SASA and Seeds2B Africa (part of the Syngenta Foundation) three GB potato varieties have been recommended for release in Kenya.
Russia partially lifts ban on potato exports from Egypt
June 06, 2018
Russia has agreed to ease a ban on potato exports from eight farming areas in Egypt, allowing shipments to resume from June 6.
Russia blocks two potato shipments imported from Egypt due to detection brown rot
March 20, 2018
Russia’s agricultural quarantine authorities flagged two potato shipments imported from Egypt that were found to be contaminated with potato brown rot.
Tanzania Sets Record in Potato Research, to Release Improved Varieties
February 27, 2018
Tanzania has excelled in experimental trials of high yielding and disease resistant potato varieties under a climate smart agriculture programme aimed to improve food security.
International Potato Center sees opportunities in Eastern Rwanda for clean potato seed production
August 30, 2017
Experts in potato breeding and research have identified Eastern Province of Rwanda as a potential alternative for clean potato seed production.
Zambia urgently needs to regulate import of potatoes
July 02, 2017
Zambia and South Africa may be perfectly at peace, but farmers on either side of the Limpopo River - the border between the two countries - seem engaged in a trade war. And it is mostly about potatoes...
Potato Cyst Nematodes threaten crop in Kenya
June 19, 2017
A survey done in 20 counties in Kenya released earlier this month, shows that Potato Cyst Nematode infestation has reached 80 to 100 per cent in some of the potato growing areas.