Africa

Kenian govt reportedly to construct multi million dollar cold storage facility for potatoes

The National Government in Kenya will reportedly build a multi-million dollar cold-room storage facility in Molo in the country to “cushion potato farmers against post-harvest losses and eliminate exploitation by brokers”.

The storage facility is designed to hold four million kilograms (4,000 metric tonnes) of potatoes, and will be equipped with an information centre for farmers, and a storage area which will prolong the shelf life of the stored potatoes for a period of four to six months, maintaining its quality.

Nakuru County Agriculture Chief Officer Kibet Maina said the project will be financed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries under the National Agricultural Rural Inclusive and Growth Project (NARIGP), It will enable farmers to store potatoes and hence improve their “bargaining power” for better prices.

Addressing a potato value chain consultative meeting that brought together farmers, marketers and agriculture officials at the County

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