Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Hon Peter Munya today flagged off Potato basic seed, produced by KALRO, to Counties for further multiplication. Basic seed is the seed produced under the highest level of genetic control to ensure the seed is genetically pure and accurately represents the variety characteristics identified by the breeder during variety selection. This seed requires further multiplication and is therefore given out to seed producers to multiply it for wide distribution to farmers.
KALRO is providing free 25 tons of potato basic seed for planting to the counties to produce certified potato seed that results in about 2,500 tons after two field multiplications; adding to the current annual production of 6,500 tons of certified seed. The increased production will improve farmer access to certified potato seed and consequently mitigate the effect of COVID 19 on potato production.
KALRO has also availed planting materials of various food crops and livestock fodder propagated in diverse locations that are mainly in KALRO Centres and/or Institutes. These planting materials include seedlings, seeds, seed cuttings, splits, and vines that will be accessed from those locations.
CS Munya directed all the institutions under the Ministry to focus further towards the Seedlings Initiative under the Social Corporate Responsibility (CSR) by increasing the number of seedlings for distribution during the October, November, December (OND) rains. This is in addition to the ready seedlings that were to be distributed during the March, April, May (MAM) rains and are being preserved in the stations.