Nyandarua County Government has established four horticultural market centers to boost the marketing of horticultural crops across the region.
The our market centers include Ndaragwa, Oleriondo, Soko Mpya and Murungaru and have been put up under a joint partnership with SmallHolder Horticulture Marketing Programme ( ShoMaP).
Speaking during a forum in Naivasha to discuss the potato value chain, Nyandarua Governor H.E. Daniel Waithaka Mwangi said farmers should make use of the marketing centers to improve their income.
He announced the County Government will soon purchase land in Soko Mpya in Kinangop sub-county and erect a major marketing center for agricultural produce from Nyandarua County. The goods will be sold to companies with an eye on local and international markets.
The Naivasha forum is being attended by local and international experts in potato crop and has brought together representatives from Germany’s GIZ, National Potato Council of Kenya, the County Government and CIP.
The Governor said administration has taken steps to enhance potato seed multiplication across the county in order to boost yields. During the past year alone, some 155 acres were planted with Kenya Mpya and Shangi varieties where 22,800 bags of seeds were produced.
He said the county government intended to double seed multiplication this year through partnerships with development partners such as Syngenta, Bayer Ltd CIP/GIZ and Murphy Chemicals.
He said government was encouraging farmers to join co-operative societies to enable them market their produce noting that some 38 societies have so far been formed.
The Chief Executive of NPCK Mr. Wachira Kaguongo said Nyandarua was currently leading other potato-producing counties in the implementation of policies and laws geared towards enhancing the production, processing and marketing of the crop.
Also in the meeting was Nyandarua County CEC for Agriculture, Livestock Development and Fisheries Hon. Agatha Thuo.