Plant Quarantine and Biosecurity Station, Muguga - The Governor Uasin Gishu County H.E. Jackson Mandago visited the KEPHIS Plant Quarantine and Biosecurity Station (PQBS), Muguga to familiarize himself with the role of the station and particularly on the current technologies for the production of potato seed.

Potato is one of the focus crops for nutrition and food security by the national government. Currently, there is limited certified potato seed and KEPHIS in collaboration with county governments and other stakeholders are working towards enhancing the technologies for production of potato seed among other crops in the Big Four Agenda. Major focus is also on empowering women and the youth in taking up agriculture as business, hence collaborative linkages and initiatives would address issues of unemployment and enhance food security and economic development. The Governor received extensive orientation of the state – of - the–art diagnostic laboratories and the tissue culture technology in the station and was briefed on the various requirements for setting up such a facility in Uasin Gishu County.
“I came to see how potato is produced, particularly the multiplication of the sweet potato varieties at this station,” the governor said.

KEPHIS MD Dr Esther Kimani (left) showing Uasin Gishu Governor H. E. Jackson Mandago (centre) how the orange fleshed sweet potatoes are grown and multiplied at the Plant Quarantine and Biosecurity Station (PQBS), Muguga. KEPHIS produces clean sweet potato vines for multiplication thus enhancing food security in the country. Currently, two varieties, vitaa and kabode, bred by CIP and KALRO, are produced and multiplied at the station.

Governor Mandago being shown by KEPHIS MD Dr Esther Kimani how KEPHIS is working with county governments and the private sector to produce and multiply the orange fleshed sweet potato for nutrition and food security in the country.

Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago (centre) and KEPHIS MD Dr Esther Kimani with staff of the Plant Quarantine and Biosecurity Station, Muguga after a familiarization tour of the facilities.

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