Canada: Kenyan delegation given up-close look at Prince Edward Island potato industry

Kiraitu Murungi, governor of Meru County in Kenya, chats Thursday with Randy Visser of Gerrit Visser & Sons in a potato field in Roseberry. Murungi is part of a delegation from Kenya exploring potato growing in P.E.I.A delegation from Kenya is turning to the potato industry in P.E.I. to help develop their important crop back home. “We’ve been told big stories about potato production in Canada, especially in Prince Edward Island,’’ says Kiraitu Murungi, governor of Meru County, the top producer of potatoes in Kenya. “So, we thought this was the best place for us to come for a study tour of potatoes.’’ Murungi is joined by several other officials for a busy three-day tour of Island potato operations. Murungi says he is very impressed with production here and hopes to incorporate some of the practices in Meru County where there is plenty of room to upgrade. Meru County produces about 200,000 tons of potatoes each year, all for domestic use, on farms typically five to 10 acres in size. Expensive farm machinery is nowhere in sight. Read  more