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The Elgeyo Marakwet County Government has indicated that potato seeds should be distributed to farmers’ groups in 14 potato-producing counties.

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The 300 basic bags and C2 seeds provided to farmers are a program aimed at enabling county farmers’ groups to produce their seeds for the coming seasons.

Speaking in Iten, Chief Agriculture Officer, Timothy Kiptum said that the type of shingles has been certified by the Kenya Plant Health Inspection Service (Kephis) and that every step has been taken to ensure that they do not have any diseases.

He said the seed would be distributed through the Elgeyo Marakwet potato cooperative to reach all the target farmers.

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“As a county, we encourage our farmers to join cooperatives and take advantage of the economic benefits as well as extension services from the county. Going forward is the model we will work with,” Kiptum said.

While marking the consignment, county secretary Paul Chemutut commended the role of the Agricultural Sector Development Support Program (ASDSP) in partnership with the county in promoting high value crops in the county.

“By helping our farmers produce their own seeds, we will ensure that in the near future, we will have enough seed and we will not have to import seeds from other counties,” he said.

Chemutut revealed that the county is in the process of establishing a potato seed multiplication center at the Chebara Agricultural Training Center through support from the World Bank.

ASDSP Coordinator Jane Tallam noted that as part of the seed multiplication program, farmers’ groups set aside one acre each in 14 wards to ensure that potato seeds were available for the coming seasons.

“The second generation C2 that we have brought in is for the purpose of educating farmers on the best methods of growing potatoes,” he said.

Tallam said the aim of the plan was to reduce the cost of selling seeds that he said were expensive and dangerous for the spread of disease.

“Sometimes the seeds are scarce and so our desire to be self-sufficient as a county,” added Tallam.

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