Potato farmers in Nyandarua may soon start enjoying fruits of their hard work, with gazettement of packaging laws in the sub-sector expected next week.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to His Excellency Governor Francis T. Kimemia at the County Government headquarters in Ol’Kalou, Cabinet Secretary for the State Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Hon. Willy Bett said plans are complete to safeguard the farmers.
“The potato packaging issue has been a big concern for us but we have now finalized the legal framework, awaiting gazettement next week,” he said.
The law is expected to reinforce packaging of the product in 50 kilogrammes bags.
Middle-men have been exploiting farmers with 200 kilogrammes bags at low prices.
Mr. Bett also asked that the recent Kshs. 120 million support from the European Union to Nyandarua’s potato sector be used to set up a national project for the crop, with Nyandarua as the headquarters.
“In view of Nyandarua’s vast potato growing population, we would also like to pump funds into the project. Nyandarua would be a natural home to the project,” he added.
Hon. Bett further said Nyandarua will soon receive milk coolers worth Kshs. 18 million from the National Government and the Danish embassy to support its dairy farmers.
“With approximately 317,000 heads of cattle and an annual milk production of 250 million litres valued at more than Ksh. 8 billion annually, Nyandarua County has become a leader in Kenya’s dairy sector,” said Governor Kimemia.
He asked the Cabinet Secretary to introduce laws to allow purchase of local food rather than imports.
“We produce much food locally, which should be prioritized over any imports,” he said.
The duo also discussed how sugar beets and pyrethrum farmers in Nyandarua may be assisted in coming days to tap into the County Government’s continuing transformative agenda.