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The demand for potatoes has increased due to population growth and diversification of eating habits. The increased demand for potatoes has led to increased potato production with farmers even growing potatoes in areas that traditionally were not used for potato cultivation. Potatoes are grown best where the temperature is between 15-24 degree Celsius and rainfall of 1200-1800 mm. Ideal soil for potatoes vary within the counties but usually loam soils (Silt Loam; clay loam with adequate organic content, well-draining to light soils) are suitable. Suitable soil pH value ranges from 5.5-7.0 though the ideal soil pH is 5.5.
There are 13 major potato producing counties. They include:
Bomet, Bungoma, Elgeiyo-Marakwet, Kiambu, Meru, Nakuru, Narok, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Taita-Taveta, Trans-Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, West Pokot.
Some of the seed varieties available are: Ambition, Arizona, Arnova, Kenya Karibu, Kenya Mavuno, Rudolph, Shangi, Sherekea, Tigoni etc.
CAPACITY BUILDING TRAINING AND SENSITIZATION OF POTATO CYST NEMATODE (PCN) TO THE STAKEHOLDERS 7th-30th November 2016
NPCK is part of a consortium that is undertaking a capacity building training and sensitization of Potato Cyst Nematode. The training is on-going and targets ToTs and stakeholders in twenty potato producing counties in Kenya. At the end of the training,each County is expected to come up with a County action plan on Potato Cyst Nematode management.Read more
NATIONAL POTATO CONFERENCE AND TRADE FAIR 2016
AFRICAN AGRI INVESTMENT INDABA