Potatoes growing business in Kenya requires capital amounting to Ksh 62,000 per acre in suitable areas which includes farm inputs and labor. 0ne acre will produce a minimum of 90 bags sold at on farm price of a of 1800/= per bag giving returns of ksh162, 000 minus ksh 62,000 cost of production gives net returns of about 100,000/= from every acre of potatoes in 3 months.Currently, the major buyers are brokers who buy at about the Ksh 1800/ bag and market traders.Potatoes are one of the most popular multipurpose vegetables grown by Kenyan farmers’. They are great for crisps,frying, roasting and mashing. To find out the seed tuber variety suitable for your area you can either consult agriculture experts, or conduct a research among the farmers’ in your area asking them what variety performs well in the local soils and what they like to grow. Growing potatoes is easy, profitable and gives returns within 3 months. Under good management, you can harvest 120 bags [100kg bags] per acre .The high yielding tuber varieties popular among Kenyan farmers’ include Sanghi,Tigoni, Asante, Kenya mpya, Kenya karibu .
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