The government of Kenya has reportedly signed a US$6m deal with BASF, one of the world’s leading chemical companies, as well as IPR Consulting Establishment in Kenya – to develop a potato cooling storage facility in Nyandarua county in Kenya.
Speaking during the signing ceremony, Francis Kimemia, Nyandarua Governor, said the establishment of the facility is aimed at reducing post-harvesting losses in the region.
The cold storage warehouse is said to be part of an Agri-Hub in Kenya that will also comprise agricultural production and a fruit and vegetable processing facilities.
“Farmers in the region would be able to store their produce in a state-of-the-art cold storage facility. We do not have even a single cooling facility for our potatoes and hence a lot of the produce goes to waste when there is potato glut. We appreciate the new initiative by our partners,” said Governor Kimemia.
Nyandarua produces between 33 and 35% of total potato yield in the country, it is said.