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Kenya facing shortage of 1.7 million tonnes of Irish potatoes

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Irish potatoes
Africa   Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri

Kenya is facing a shortage of 1.7 million tonnes of Irish potatoes due to farmers' over-reliance on uncertified seeds that yield less.

The most affected are the hospitality industry and households, which rely on the crop to make potato chips and crisps, among other snacks.

This is the reason consumers are paying more for the produce, especially in the coastal region.

However, the national government says that there are plans to increase the production of Irish potatoes in a bid to make the country self-sufficient.

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri said farmers must use certified seeds to increase production.

"In the next one year, we are going to meet the deficit by ensuring that farmers use certified seeds. To date, the total production of basic seed is at 6,700 metric tonnes, short of the 30,000 metric tonnes required," said the CS.


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