More than 20,000 small-holder potato farmers in Nakuru County will benefit from several programs that are focused on aligning climate-smart innovations and technologies. This will help them increase potato production both for domestic consumption and for export.
Governor Susan Kihika said her administration was working to equip agricultural extension officers working with small holder farmers to train the farmers on modern farming practices that will mitigate against risks like drought, floods, climate-induced pests and diseases.
Kenya’s potato seed demand stands at 30,000 tons annually. In Nakuru, there are about 20,000 farmers growing potatoes on more than 38,000 acres of land with a total production of 160,000 tons of assorted varieties being grown.
Now, various forums, including farmers’ field days, are being held, to disseminate information to farmers to address climate change challenges with an ultimate goal of disseminating the information, knowledge and new technologies.