To mark this year’s National Potato Day, His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia hosted a farmers’ Field Day event at Kwa Rahab, Kaimbaga Ward Ol Kalou sub-county.
Nyandarua, being one of the leading counties in potato production in the country, has 37,000 Ha under the crop annually with an average production of 550,000 tonnes worth Kshs 10 – 12 billion showing ability to be leading potato grower in Africa.
Governor Kimemia said among the steps the County Government has taken to promote the potato sector include creation of potato storage facilities, promotion of value addition, formation of task forces to enforce the regulations of the 50kg bag for packaging of ware potatoes and rehabilitation of road network to cut on post production loss brought about by access to market.
He said provision of subsidised fertilizer and improve access to quality seed through introduction of potato seed multiplication unit at ATC Oljororok was aimed at improving the sector.
The Governor urged the National Government to set the minimum pay for potatoes like it does for maize so that farmers can benefit from their ventures.
Present was Head of Food Directorate Agriculture and Food Authority Ms. Beatrice Nyamwamu , Chief Executive Officer National Potato Council of Kenya Mr. Wachira Kaguongo, Dr. Dina Jeruto Borus (Senior Research Associate International Potato Centre), Dr. Moses Nyongesa (Centre Director KALRO-Tigoni Centre) and County Executive Committee Member in charge of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Dr. James Karitu.