KFC will work with Nyandarua County government and farmers to produce quality-approved potatoes for local processing and uptake. This was agreed in a meeting between the franchise, Governor (Dr.) Moses Kiarie Badilisha, and the Principal Secretary MSMES Hon. Susan Mang’eni.
KFC will now also take quality Shangi potato variety – largely grown in Nyandarua, as well as the upcoming Markies variety. Also discussed is the possibility of onboarding poultry farmers for eventual supply of chicken to the food processor.
The franchise needs a minimum of 350 tons of potatoes per month for the Kenya market and 120 more for export to Rwanda, much of it imported from Egypt and Europe, a situation Governor Badilisha described as unacceptable bearing the potential available in Nyandarua and the country.
“Work with our local farmers, we are willing to invest to make our potatoes meet the standards and pass all quality tests, but we must not import any further when our farmers have the capacity and all they need is information and partnerships,” opined the county Chief.
The delegation also visited the Ol’Kalou potatoes cold storage facility to discuss ways of fast-tracking it to full operationalization.