Farmers' pain for lack of certified seeds
SEE ALSO :Siblings killed as they cross busy roadKamau has visited various agricultural centers and a number of farmers for certified seeds without success. In the past, the farmer has been practicing multiplication of potato seeds on his farm, but it was interrupted by prolonged dry spell. He planted the crop in February, but tubers were destroyed by pests and some withered. “I planted potato during short rains for multiplication, but crop did was destroyed by pests in the soil,” said the farmer. Kimani planted potatoes on a 30 acre leased farm in parts of Olposimoru in Narok and Muchorwe in Nakuru County, expecting to harvest at least 70 bags per acre.
SEE ALSO :MOTORSPORTS: Bhardwaj leaves a huge gapHe had even marked ready market in Thika and Tanzania. “I spent about Sh1.2 million on farm input and labour, money that has gone just like that,” he said. James Mbugua’s potato farm in parts of Olposimoru in Narok, Teamkasa and Sirikwa in Molo is also bare. The farmer planted the crop on 47 acres of leased land in the month of February, but the crop withered following prolonged dry spell. Though ADC has certified Dutch potato variety, the farmer said he cannot raise money for the seeds, after having spent more than Sh2 million during February planting.
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