NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to increase access of
certified seeds to small scale farmers in order boost
potato production, a senior government official said on
Kiunjuri, the Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of
Agriculture, told an agricultural forum in Nairobi that
in order for the potato sub-sector to play its rightful
role in economic development, the forthcoming
Agriculture Sector Transformation and Growth Strategy (ASTGS)
has identified very specific interventions that include
investments in potato seeds, production and
“We want to
increase supply of certified seed potato as well as
strengthen certification services to small scale farmers
so that we double the value of the country’s potato
production that currently stands at 500 million U.S.
dollars annually,” Kiunjuri said during the third Annual
National Potato Conference and Trade Fair.
event was organized by the National Potato Council of
Kenya which brought together policymakers and the
private sector to review ways to enhance value addition
in the potato sector.
The task of
expanding the country’s potato production will be
spearheaded by the National Potato Transformation
Technical Working Group.
said Kenya’s potato is dependent on the small holder
farmers who contribute about 90 percent of total
of Agriculture has identified potato as one of the key
crops that can effectively complement maize as a driver
of the food and nutrition security.
said potato is the second most important food crop after
maize and is both a staple food and a cash crop for many
rural and urban families.
Lesiyampe, the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of
Agriculture said potato farmers typically get poor
returns as a result of the high cost of production,
uncoordinated marketing activities as well as poor road
said the ministry of agriculture, working together with
country governments and the private sector expects to
make interventions in the potato value chain that
includes harmonization of legislation and regulation on
potato weights and measures at the retail market.