Launch of seed potato production unit at National Youth Service (NYS), Tumaini farm

The National Youth Service (NYS) and the Kenya Prisons Service launched a seed potato production unit on 15th February 2019 at NYS Tumaini farm in Nyandarua County. The objective of the project is to produce seed potato for planting on the 300 acre NYS farm in Tumaini. This will in turn go a long way in meeting the institution’s annual potato demand which currently stands at 8,899 metric tons per year. The seed multiplication units have been installed in 3 greenhouses and uses aeroponics technology. It currently has 6,276 plantlets of Shangi variety.  The unit was officially launched by Dr. Fred Matiangi, PhD, EGH Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government together with Prof. Margret Kobia PhD, MGH Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs. In attendance were Ms. Cecily Kariuki, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Health and H.E Francis Kimemia, EGH, CBS the Governor of Nyandarua County. Other stakeholders present were, representatives of KALRO, KEPHIS, NPCK, National AND County Ministry of Agriculture Livestock fisheries and Irrigation and potato farmers and farmer groups.

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