IMPLEMENTATION OF POTATO REGULATIONS IN NYANDARUA COUNTY
Nyandarua County, one of the biggest producer of potatoes in the country, continues to engage key players with a view of improving potato subsector in the county. On 7th August 2019, the county organized for a planning meeting to discuss how the implementation of potato regulations would be implemented in the county. In attendance were Agricultural Food Authority (AFA), Kenya Police Service, Public Administration, County Ministry of Agriculture, weights and measures department, County enforcement unit, Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP), Agricultural Council of Kenya (AgCK), International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC), Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP), NPCK, farmers and other stakeholders.
Among the deliberations was enforcement of the potato packaging provision, joint implementation approach. Fast tracking of registration of farmers, farmer associations, transporters, dealers and collection centers was also discussed. The purpose of the regulations is to guide the promotion, development and regulation of production and trade in potatoes.