His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia together with Cabinet Secretary for Devolution Hon. Eugene Wamalwa today officially commissioned the Tissue Culture Potato Seed unit at the Agriculture Training centre in Ol’Jororok.
The potato multiplication centre will provide farmers with much higher quality certified potato seeds, free from diseases such as bacterial wilt and rot, by rapid multiplication of seeds employing potato Tissue Culture and Hydroponics Technologies.
In what marks a major milestone in potato farming in Nyandarua, farmers will be able to access quality certified seeds instead of recycling their crops leading to low and poor yields.
The Governor emphasised the importance of the Kshs. 116 million facility, one of its kind, in addressing the perennial problem of seed unavailability not only in the county but in the region.
As a way of ensuring that farmers are cushioned from low prices as a result of surplus produce, Governor Kimemia said potatoes should be included in the Strategic Food Reserve, to feed Kenyans facing starvation.
CS Wamalwa promised that the government will consider buying potatoes from farmers in Nyandarua for onward distribution to families in need of relief food in Northern Kenya.
He lauded Governor Kimemia for a job well done in transforming Nyandarua through projects that have been felt at the grassroots saying Nyandarua people are lucky to have such a committed leader.
Also present was Principal Secretary, State Department for Devolution Julius Korir, European Union Head of Section, Governance and Macroeconomics Alexandre Baron, County Commissioner Benson Leparmorijo, County Executive Committee Members and Members of County Assembly.