Monday, 31 August 2015

Multiple honors for Dr Neil Gudmestad at World Potato Congress in Beijing

Multiple honors for Dr Neil Gudmestad at World Pot...

  North Dakota State Plant Pathologist Dr. Neil Gudmestad was honored at the World Potato Congres...

China makes global commitment to the potato

China makes global commitment to the potato

China's commitment to the potato was very publicly and internationally demonstrated when it hosted t...

The PAA held their annual meeting in Portland, USA

The PAA held their annual meeting in Portland, USA

The Potato Association of America held their 99th Annual Meeting during July 19-23, 2015 in the east...

TOMRA wins design award for its common user interface

TOMRA wins design award for its common user interface

  TOMRA’s Common User Interface (CUI), designed by TOMRA Sorting Solutions (TOMRA) and Design Partners...

TOMRA Sorting Food signs new contracts at World Potato Congress

TOMRA Sorting Food signs new contracts at World Potato ...

  TOMRA Sorting Food has welcomed two new Chinese customers into the fold during a signing ceremony at...

The constant changes in Asian potato chips

The constant changes in Asian potato chips

  Over the last four centuries, the potato has come a long way from the American Andes. Since its cult...

Alternative processing technologies on program at PROCESS EXPO

Alternative processing technologies on program at PROCE...

  The Food Processing Suppliers Association has released the details of four sessions of the education...

The sharp edge of the job

The sharp edge of the job

  Product perfection starts before the processing. It is maintained in the processing plant but only e...

Efficient drying pays off

Efficient drying pays off

  When it comes to drying potatoes, regardless of the type of end product one may have in mind, there ...

McCain Australia has new range of frozen potato wedges

McCain Australia has...

  McCain Australia has recently launched the new wedges ‘...

Tolsma-Grisnich and Kiremko, partnership for a new plant in China

Tolsma-Grisnich and ...

  Strategic partners Tolsma-Grisnich and Kiremko recently...

Utz Quality Foods launches Specialty Division

Utz Quality Foods la...

Utz Quality Foods, Inc. has recently announced the culmina...

Potatoes are back on WIC, a nutritional program for women, infants and children in USA

Potatoes are back on...

The National Potato Council (NPC) from USA succeeded to put ...

Exclusive interview with the director of Urschel Laboratories, Inc: The Urschel team is a very strong one

Exclusive interview ...

What began with one man's invention more than 100 years ago ...

4th Symposium of Potato Cyst Nematode Management

4th Symposium of Pot...

  The 4th Symposium of Potato Cyst Nematode Management wi...

UK Potato Council says it is a record year for seed potato exports

UK Potato Council sa...

  Seed potato exports are booming, with the latest figure...

Indian Government will procure 6,600 tones of potato from farmers

Indian Government wi...

The State Government announced its decision to procure 6,6...

Company launches a new solution for potato sprouting

Company launches a n...

  BioSafe Systems announces the introduction of ARRET Spr...

Seed Industry Event conference tackles key industry concerns

Seed Industry Event ...

The recent Seed Industry Event, organized by British Potato ...

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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