In July, the Kenyan government will launch the Sh23 billion National Agriculture value chain development project geared towards improving neglected value chains like potato, pyrethrum, coffee and cotton.
Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives Cabinet Secretary (CS) Peter Munya said that rolling out the project would be easy because the money is already available, all the negotiations have been done, and signing of the required instruments to access the money done.
The potato crop is the second most important food crop in Kenya after maize and is grown by close to one million smallholder farmers. Some 90 percent of potatoes are grown on smallholdings on less than half an acre of land. The sector employs about three million people along the entire value chain, and contributes close to Sh50 billion to the economy.
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