The county Government of Nakuru has reiterated its commitment towards revamping potato farming through equipping and addressing the challenges facing farmers.
Addressing media in his office on Monday when he was paid a courtesy call by a team from Ministry of Agriculture spearheading the National Food and Nutrition Security campaigns under the big 4 agenda, Kinyanjui said there is a huge potential to develop potato Farming in Nakuru county.
He said the county government of Nakuru will work closely with the Ministry of Agriculture in ensuring huge production in the sector.This, the county chief stated that will be achieved through commitment to ensure the right seeds, teaching farmers the best practice and then help in marketing.
“A s a potato growing county we believe there is a huge potential in developing the crop and therefore we believe that if we ensure right seeds, to teaching farmers the best practice and then help in marketing we shall be able to revamp the potato farming” said Kinyanjui.
Governor Kinyanjui added that the county government will also work to ensure farmers are not exploited by middlemen when it comes to packaging of the potatoes.
He said the county will take it seriously in addressing the unit of measure as far as packaging of the potatoes is concerned so as to ensure farmers get reward from their hard work.
“The issue of packaging is a big challenge and the county government is going to work to it to ensure that farmers are not exploited by the middle men” he said.
Similar sentiments echoed by Mohammed Bulle who is leading the team in Nakuru.According to Bulle, the team will make visits to grass root farmers to get the challenges they are undergoing before compiling a report with recommendations.
“Our visit here is basically to sensitize on the potatoes farming. We are here for the next three days and we shall be meeting farmers on the ground before making recommendations to Nairobi” he said.
The team that is in Nakuru for the next three days is just a section of larger team that has visited various parts of the country on the same mission.
PHOTO/Goranfound.org:Potato farming.The county Government of Nakuru has reiterated its commitment towards revamping potato farming through equipping and addressing the challenges facing farmers.