Africa

Kenyan potato farmers urged to grow certified seed

Related imageThe Kenyan government says it will provide certified potato seed to farmers in Meru County to assist improve food security. Agriculture and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri expressed fears that the general uptake of certified potato seeds by farmers was still low despite efforts to encourage use of quality seeds. He noted that government and private potato farming experts were willing to provide knowledge necessary for uplifting potato farming in all parts of the country. He said that only 18 percent of farmers in Meru County are using certified potato seed. He stated that government wants to raise the quantity of certified seeds from 6,000 metric tons to 400,000 metric tons to help cut the high cost of seed on the market. The door has been opened for UK seed potato producers to export to Kenya. A delegation from Kenya recently visited Prince Edward Island in Canada to help develop their important crop back home. Read more