Year: 2021 | Month: December | Volume 8 | Issue 2

Economic Importance, Ecological Requirements and Production Constraints of Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) in Kenya

Emmanuel R. Mwakidoshi Harun H. Gitari1 Sagar Maitra Esther M. Muindi


In Kenya, potato production is done mainly by smallholder farmers as a key food and cash crop. About 83% of the country’s crop production is mainly in highland areas with an altitude of between 1,200 and 3,000 m above sea level. The country’s average potato yield ranges from 8 to 15 t ha−1, 2 to 3 times below the achievable yield of 40 t ha−1. The production is mainly limited by unavailability of certified seeds, increased pests, diseases, decreased soil fertility and erratic rainfall. The current work reviews the current status of potato production in Kenya with emphasis on its importance, ecological requirements and constraints.

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