Yesterday I celebrated Word food day by training farmers in Nyandarua County. The event was held at Engineer stadium and it was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture in the Region. The Guest of honor was Hon. Daniel Waithaka Mwangi, the area Governor.
I used this opportunity to train farmers on potato management practices. Nyandarua County is a high potential area in terms of horticulture and most of the small scale farmers grow brassicas,pototoes and snow peas. With the recent efforts by the government to upgrade the status of potato as a strategic crop, most farmers are now taking a big interest on potato farming. Potato is the second most important food crop in Kenya after maize. It is also an important source of revenue, employing more than 2.5 million people in potato farming activities across the entire production chain.
The quality of potatoes produced in Kenya do not meet market demands and this has been attributed to a number of factors, including low quality seeds and poor management practices. This has resulted to high end buyers importing the produce from South africa and Egypt.
I used this opportunity to train farmers on the importance of using good quality seed and how to manage their crops. I also gave them the spray program and explain to them the kind of products to use.