Wednesday, 28 September 2016

yummex Middle East: Double-digit Growth for the 10th Anniversary

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  The international trade fair for sweets and snacks in the MENA region, yummexMiddle East, which...

UK’s Best New Fish and Chip Shops Announced

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Show Review: Over 300 Exhibitors at PotatoEurope 2016

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ConAgra Foods Acquires Frontera

ConAgra Foods Acquires Frontera

 ConAgra Foods has announced that it has acquired the packaged foods businesses of Frontera Foods and R...

Three New Appointments for tna’s Asia Pacific Team

Three New Appointments for tna’s Asia Pacific Team

 Food processing and packaging supplier tna has expanded its team in Asia, with the appointments of a n...

JBT Corporation Acquires Cooling and Applied Technologies

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 JBT Corporation, a global technology solutions provider for the food and beverage industry, announced ...

Key Technology Introduces VERYX Belt-Fed Digital Sorters to Europe

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Case Study: Ishida Helps Spanish Snack Manufacturer to Grow

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GEA to Present Equipment Portfolio at Chillventa

GEA to Present Equipment Portfolio at Chillventa

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Nigeria Has a New Potato Processing Plant

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DQ System Launches Potato Skins Snack

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The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (Kari) is testing new potato varieties ahead of a planned release next April for mid- and high-altitude regions.

The release is expected to raise prospects for manufacturers. Kari says they have been working in tandem with crisp-makers to "give us their standards."

Sherekea, Purple Gold and Kenya Mpya are disease-resistant, high-yielding and tolerant to viruses.
Trials are being conducted with the help of farmers in parts of Timau in Meru.

Sherekea is the highest yielding variety, capable of producing between 40 to 50 tonnes that can be harvested 100 to 120 days after planting. "This is going to benefit farmers the most," said John Onditi, a breeding specialist at Kari's Tigoni branch, where the breeds were developed.

The Purple Gold can yield 25 to 35 tonnes per hectare in mid-altitude areas, but thrives in high altitude where yields can be from 35 to 45 tonnes per hectare. It takes 120 to 130 days to be ready. The tubers are longer, said Mr Onditi.

The Kenya Mpya variety is suitable for mid- and high-altitude and can yield 35 to 45 tonnes a hectare in 90 days; it can be harvested while the plant is still green. "Farmers prefer such breeds especially for food," said Mr Onditi. "It's not necessary to wait for 120 days."

Kenya Mpya also has the shortest dormancy period of one to two months until shoots start sprouting.

The other varieties have longer dormancies. Sherekea's is two to three months and Purple Gold has three to four months.

 

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