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Kenya applies for multi million dollar IFAD grant to boost seed potato production

Kenya has applied for a Sh656 million (approx US$6 mil) grant from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to boost research on potato seed production and cut reliance on imports. The fund will be used to increase the availability of certified seed in the country and cut the imports of tubers, which has been blamed for introducing foreign pests in the country, according to a report by Business Daily.

At the moment, Kenya relies on Netherlands for importation of potato seed for production as the country hardly produces enough to be supplied to farmers.

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