KEPHIS launches potato project in Nyandarua
Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS)has launched a massive seed potato production at Tumaini in Nyandarua County.
National Youth Service (NYS) and the Kenya Prisons Service were also part of the project.
NYS has invested in aeroponics technology for potato production at their Tumaini Field Station.
So far, 6,276 plantlets in 3 greenhouses have been planted using this technology. 30-45 days after planting, the plantlets will begin to produce mini tubers that will be harvested over a 6 month period.
The harvested mini tubers will be planted in the field for a season (3-4 months) with supervisory visits by KEPHIS to produce normal sized tubers classified as breeders seed.
Breeders seed will be planted and certified by KEPHIS as pre-basic seed. Pre-basic seed will be planted in the field and certified by KEPHIS as basic seed.
Basic seed can be sold to farmer seed multipliers in the area who will then multiply it for an additional season or two under certification from KEPHIS to produce certified seed.
The certified seed will then be sold to farmers who will produce ware potatoes for consumption. Potato farming is also one of the focus crops under the Big 4 Agenda.
Potato is also a short cycle crop with high productivity per unit of land and is a major source of income and food security.
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