Potato farmers from Nakuru, Nyandarua and Narok counties have been trained on the importance of using certified seeds and the right inputs for better quality and bigger yields. The farmers have also been advised to adopt new potatoes varieties such as Markies, Destiny, Dutch Robin and Java.
The farmer had a field day at Agrico farm in Kabarak where they were taken through the stage by stage of growing-good quality potatoes for export while some of the produce would be processed locally. Agronomists from Yara East Africa Limited and Agrico PSA taught the farmers the best practices for better production while at the same time linking them with buyers.
Yara’s regional agronomist Kefa Makori said besides providing proper inputs for the farmers, especially fertiliser, the organisation wanted to ensure farmers had market for their produce to reduce post-harvest losses and exploitation from middlemen.
Makori said they were working with more than 500,000 potato farmers and thousands of others dealing in different crops among them maize, bananas and tomatoes.