Africa

Cold storages, warehouses to boost potato farming in Kenya

Potato farmers are set to benefit from cold storage facilities and warehouses to be constructed by TingA, East Africa’s largest tractor sharing platform, according to a report by The Star. 

The firm has announced a plan to build facilities in 25 counties partnership with various stakeholders. Currently, plans are underway to construct the first cold storage in Narok at a cost of Sh100 million. The groundbreaking of the Narok facility will take place this month.

The firm has already called for expression of interest from experts and the shortlisting is under way.  The move is expected to encourage productivity and curb post-harvest losses.

The initiative comes as a relief to smallholder farmers across potato-rich areas such as Mau, Meru and Nyandarua.

Apart from offering cold storage facilities, the farm equipment renter will help new farmers join their programs to access certified seed and curb diseases.

Full report in The Star here