KEPHIS Producing Sweet Potato Vines for Health and Food Security
Muguga - The KEPHIS Plant Quarantine and Biosecurity Station (PQBS) in Muguga plays an important role in plant protection through facilitation of safe transfer of plant genetic materials by preventing the introduction of plant pests, diseases and noxious weeds. The station is the centre of excellence in germplasm exchange and distribution.
In collaboration with the International Potato Centre, under the second phase of the Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa (SASHA), the station is producing disease-free sweet potato planting material (cuttings). These vines are produced through tissue culture techniques and virus indexing. The tissue culture plantlets are then multiplied in the screen house to produce cuttings for sale.
PQBS is producing clean sweetpotato farmer preferred varieties. Currently, two sweetpotato orange fleshed varieties -vitaa and kabode-are in production. These varieties are early maturing, rich in β-carotene content and high yielding. The vines are sold as cuttings of about three to four nodes (approximately 20 to 30 centimeters long).
The price of a sweet potato cutting is currently Kshs. 35 per cutting. The price varies depending on the time that orders are placed.
Disclaimer: for sustainable production of sweet potato planting material, the proceeds from these sales are channeled back to meet recurrent production.
For more information, please contact:
The Officer in Charge
Plant Quarantine and Biosecurity Station, Muguga
Tel: 0722 845 895/0722 445 084/0722 209 504