SEED-POTATO CARP+ PROGRESS REPORT FROM SEPTEMBER 2017 TO MARCH 2018 BY TAGDEV STUDENT MR. JOHN ATSU AGBOLOSOO,

Irish potato is a vegetable crop that has a short growing period of three to four months. The crop is ranked 4th most staple food crop after rice, maize and wheat. Irish potato was first introduced in Kenya by European farmers first in late 19th century in Kiambu, Murang’a and Nyeri district. The 5th biggest producer of Irish potato in SSA according to studies conducted by many researchers is Kenya and produce about 1 million metric tonnes annually. Irish potato is the 2nd most important staple food crop after maize in Kenya. It is also a cash crop which improves the livelihood and household food security. It reduces rural poverty and enhances income of small-scale farmers in the rural community. It is produced 1500 and 3000m above sea levels in highlands of Central, Eastern, and Rift Valleys in Kenya. Small holders grow about 35,000 hectares of potatoes annually. Bomet, Bungoma, Elgeiyo-Marakwet, Kiambu, Meru, Nakuru, Narok, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Taita-Taveta, Trans-Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, and West Pokot are the major potato producing areas in Kenya. Mauche, Sirikwa, Elburgon, Kamara and Njoro are producing areas in Nakuru County. This report cover activities undertaken within Seed-Potato Community Action Research Project from September 2017 to March 2018 in Nakuru County of Kenya.

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