The (Kenyan) Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with Hygrotech, a private company is developing a new technology which will enable farmers get high quality potato seeds, doing away with reliance on tubers seeds.
According to the ministry’s press release on the current national food security situation October last year, production of potato declined by 17 per cent compared the long term average. The decline was attributed to inadequate certified seed among other reasons.
With the new technology known as True Potato Seed (TPS), it is expected that farmers will up their yields of potato which is widely grown by small-scale farmers and who face production constraints such as diseases like bacterial wilt.
The project is being undertaken at the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (Kalro), Tigoni. Read more