Nyeri County Goverment has distributed 80 tonnes of potato seeds and 20 tonnes of beans to Nyeri farmers during this planting season to ensure food security in the county and to sustain food abundance.
80 tonnes of certified potato seeds were flagged to four wards in Kieni East and Kieni West sub-counties. 240 farmers from Gatarakwa, Mugunda, Thegu and Gakawa wards are expected to grow the potatoes in 85 acres of land. After three months, the farmers are expected to harvest about 640 tonnes. The potatoes are of Shangi and Markies varieties from Netherlands which are highly productive.
Governor Mutahi Kahiga also flagged off 20 tonnes of beans to Rugi and Mukurwe-ini Central wards in Mukurwe-ini Sub County. The certified seeds of Chelarang, Kat B1 and Nyota varieties are highly productive and resistant to diseases.
Governor Kahiga said this is part of Kenya Climate Agriculture Programme and urged farmers to liaise with agricultural extension officers to ensure productivity.