Kenyan farmers have been urged to plant more Irish potato to meet demand and available markets.

Willy Bett, Agriculture minister said the crop will contribute towards economic growth and food at household levels.

Bett said Irish potatoes will help Kenya in attaining food security since over-dependence on one crop, mainly maize, has led to challenges in feeding residents when the crop is affected.

He said despite challenges to access certified seeds for Irish potatoes, the Agriculture ministry has partnered with farmers and Dutch companies to develop more than 52 seed varieties.

“If we manage to supply the seeds steadily, we shall have a bountiful harvest,” he added.

Bett urged stakeholders to focus on farmers’ needs and help them so the sector does not collapse.

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