ACUTE SEED POTATO SHORTAGE

Left: Uasin Gishu County officials procuring seeds from Singus Enterprise. Right: Nyeri County officials receiving seed potato they bought from ADC Molo.

The current season, which started in March, has seen an increase in the demand for quality seed potato in the country as majority of farmers embark on planting. Kenya’s estimated annual demand for certified seed potato stands at 30,000 tons. However, the country only produces about 6,700 tons, with most farmers recycling part of their harvests from the previous seasons by using them as seeds. The use of low-quality seed has been blamed for low potato productivity.

During this planting season, more farmers than usual were unable to access certified seed potato at planting time following the procurement of huge volumes of seed potato of most preferred varieties by the Counties which was sponsored by various potato projects.  Such projects include Kenya Climate-Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP), National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Project (NARIGP), E-Voucher Subsidy Programme among others.  

 

Left: Uasin Gishu County officials procuring seeds from Singus Enterprise. Right: Nyeri County officials receiving seed potato they bought from ADC Molo.

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