Kenya: Meru County sees increase in Irish potato farming

Irish potato farmers in Meru have received a major boost after the county government launched a tissue culture project to supply farmers with certified seeds. Meru Deputy Governor Titus Ntuchiu said the program will ensure farmers access clean, certified and high yielding tubers that will fetch better returns.

He added that the initiative was in line with the county government’s pledge to increase food and household incomes for the residents through agriculture: “I am glad to note that today’s launching ceremony of the high-tech project which is named Farm Inputs Promotion Services (FIPS), was hosted at the farm of one of the farmers in the County, Mr. Paul Munene who has embraced the new potato production technology.”

He added that through the Meru County Potato Cooperative Union, the county government aims at producing a total of 500,000 apical cuttings that will benefit 10,000 farmers.

Source: kenyanews.go.ke


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