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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.
NATIONAL POTATO CONFERENCE AND TRADE FAIR 2016
AFRICAN AGRI INVESTMENT INDABA