Agribusiness in Kenya

Earn Ksh118,000 in 3 months from potatoes

With only a capital of Ksh 62, 000 you can earn a net return of about 118,000/= from every acre of potatoes in 3 months. This cost includes labour and farm inputs.

Things you need to know;

  • Average production of potatoes per acre
  • Cost of Potatoe Seed ( Certified seed sell at KES 3,000 per 100kg bag)
  • Current market Price of potatoes (Asante, Sanghi, Tigoni, Kenya Karibu, Kenya mpya,)

Growing potatoes is easy, profitable and gives returns in just 3 months. 0ne acre will produce a minimum of 90 bags (With good management; you can even harvest upto 120 bags (100kg bags) per acre)

Actual Calculations
Current Market Price: Ksh 2,000
Production Cost: Ksh 62,000
Average Bags per Acre: 90 (100kgs per bag)

Ksh 2000 x 90 bags = Ksh 180,000

180,000- 62,000 (Cost of Production) = Ksh 118,000 (Net Income)
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HOW TO PLANT

  1. Dig furrows with a spacing 75cm from one furrow to another and 30 cm from one seed to another and 10
  2. Mix the soil with D.A.P fertilizer at planting time at a rate of 200kg per acre (1kg DAP per 35m of furrow).
  3. Water regularly every week with a water supply of about 25mm.
  4. Covering the crops with soil is required (Earthing) as they grow with the final earthing up done at 25cm high.

Major Potato Diseases in Kenya

  • Late blight
  • Bacterial wilt

NB: Before venturing into potato farming you must first find out which seed variety is suitable for your area. You can know this by consulting agricultural experts or by asking farmers from your area which seed performs best with their soil.

Tip: Free draining fertile medium loams are preferred for growing the crop since heavy clays restrict tuber growth.

  • isaiah mayaka

    I want to start potato farming on 1 acre in molo region but am already late in planting season. Should i go ahead and plant potatoes or i should try a new crop.

    • Molo is a favourable region for planting potatoes because of its altitude. Its not too late to plant right now because they prefer cool weather and thats when you should try to get them into the ground.

  • Roselyne

    Hi, i have an interest in potato farming though am employed full time. Which area would you recommend that is conducive for growing potatoes? And do you know if there are any people in that area who lease land?

    Thanks.

    • Potatoes mainly grow around Central, Rift Valley and Eastern provinces.There is land for lease available near timboroa forest area. Send us your contacts via email info@graduatefarmer.co.ke

      • please connect me with a potato seller in kinangop.0708505284

  • Wycliffe

    Its a good advise but can you connect me with any farmer doing patoto farming within Molo & Kinagop as im passionate but new to the areas so i can be assisted on how to get a land for leasing.

    • Send us your contacts via email and make sure your write down your inquiry.

      • JUDY MAINA

        Hi, am a kenyan willing to do potato farming in kinagop but i would like to be connected to a farmer who would give me his/her experience and help me in getting land for leasing.

  • njoroge

    Hello where do you buy a high milk dairy cattle with low feeed consumpation per day

  • Stephen

    I am in Mombasa and would like to do some farming here.Which crops can I venture which needs little capital.

  • EDWIN BOLLOH

    Hi,I also need more information on this potato farming business and places where land can be leased.i am in Nairobi

  • bussiness man

    How much is a sack of potato costing in the market currently?

  • george

    hi i have 20 bags of potatoes am selling from Molo. any body interested contact me

    • Islahi

      Hi,
      Im really interested in starting potatoes business. Kindly give me the quotations via my email address islahimwarabu@gmail.com

      thanks

    • Geff

      Hi George,

      Do you have potatoes to sell now? Am interested, let me know on osano2008@gmail.com

      • NJOKI,WILLIAM W WILLIAM

        am selling potatoes in nyahururu…at a cost of 3,000 per bag

  • Henry Wamai

    Am intrsted in potatoe farming in Kinangop

  • sarah waiyaki

    I do potatoes farming but am usually stuck with them due to lack of market.Please advice.

    • crispus M

      Hi am a prospective customer I would like to buy and transport please keep In touch with me

      • lydia kariuki

        hey Sara and Crispus! I am an end consumer as I own a chips shop in Nakuru town with a consumption of 40 bags/ month. we should get talking and work together! let me know!

        • moffat

          Hello,
          Can i supply the Potatoes to Nakuru? I am based in Kinangop

          • crispus M

            Hi moffat I need potatoes to supply in mombasa can I get from you?

          • moffat

            yes please. contact me at moffahr5@gmail.com and we can get to talk….you know i cant give a number here. i will give it there

        • James

          Hi. I am a farmer with crop maturing later in January all the way to April 2016. Call 0723713642 for uninterrupted supply during the dry months. I am based in Nakuru

      • Do you still buy & transport

    • Hi.am a business man mainly dealing in Agriculture and would like for a constant supply of potatoes.get back at me please we talk business.

      • peris

        hi i buy potatoes on daily basis.Kindly let me know whether i can get from you. 0716287604

      • James

        Call me on 0723713642 for potatoes supply from mid January to April 2016. Supply will be uninterrupted

    • Daniel

      Hi sarah do have potatoes

  • moses

    Hi graduate farmer? i want to start potato farming in Molo. which variety is best suited here and can i be able to protect my crop from the common deceases that affects the crop in the region?
    please advice whether i can be able to start my farming on a a land of 3 hectares with a capital of 100000.

  • Antony mwangi

    Hi graduate farmer! i am looking for a farm to lease in kinagop can you help me out.

  • carol

    Hi graduate farmer! i am interested in potato farming in narok.

  • mum Lindsey

    hi, am planning to start potato farming in kinangop in a half acre leased land. how profitable will this be?

  • crispus M

    Hi I need a supplier of good potatoes from areas of molo with capacity of 50 bags or any please help

  • Paul

    Hi, kindly let me know if Kitale is favourable for growing potatoes and advise on the best varieties to plant.

  • kennedy

    hi, I am prearing land in kinangop for potatoes production, I took the soil for testing in kari and they,recomended I use manure,since the soil is low on nitrogen, now geting manure arnd 5tonnes is proving to be a dounting task, should I ignore the recomendation and.use dap this one tym since the land is also,a 3acre virgin land

    really need help,

    • carol mwaura

      I supply manure call 0721938594

  • Hi graduate ? farmer can I get someone who is selling potatoes from the shamba at good price.thank you.

  • Gloria

    Hi Graduate farmer. I live in Kikuyu constituency, Kiambu County. Where can I get certified seed of potato. I want to venture into potato farming

  • Job

    Hi graduate farmer. I have been interested in potato farming for awhile. Please can you send me the cost breakdown via mail, if it is not too much to ask. Thanks so much.

    • Hi Job. We are glad to hear that you are interested in serious agribusiness. We have laid down an average cost breakdown on this article. For detailed costs we would recommend that you visit your nearest agronomist/agrovet because prices of products tend to vary from time to time.

  • Rachael Kirenge

    Hi graduate farmer,
    I am interested in potato farming in Narok and have been trying to get lease land but have not found any yet. Could you help me in finding one

  • isaiah mayaka

    will i get good returns if i plant potatoes in January say a place like molo.

  • vincent

    Hi graduate farmer. I lease land on behalf of my clients and plant in upper Narok then buy the produce at agreed fixed price.
    0721644611

  • Anita

    hi graduate farmer, please advice. i would like to plant potatoes in kisii. will it work?

  • George

    Interested in starting of Potato farming from Next year, When do i start Land preparations and the other processes? Kindly advice.

  • isaiah mayaka

    hi graduate farmer i want to plant potatoes in molo in january will that be a good season to plant or the harvest will be bad.
    thanks

  • Eunice Muiruri

    Hie graduate farmer,i hv 1 acre f land in kinangop.how many bags of potatoe seeds do i need?

    • JUDY MAINA

      Hi, am a kenyan willing to do potato farming in kinagop but i would like to be connected to a farmer who would give me his/her experience and help me in getting land for leasing.

  • ann

    Hi graduate farmer want to start potatoe faming in eastern makueni county is it possible with the are

    • Potatoes do well in areas that have cool climate. You should practice it in such an area

  • Samson

    I come from Kinangop ,nyandarua district where do i buy quality potato seedlings and which is the recommended variety.

    • Hi. You can get seeds by visiting your local agro store. You should get your soil tested first though before planting so that you know the best variety for you.

  • Nancy

    Thanks for the information. I plan to grow potatoes in Kabaluat (Keiyo ) where can I get certified seeds and more information?

    Thank

  • Wilfred

    Hi I want to start potato farming in Kobujoi Nandi County which variety is suited for this area?

    • You should get your soil tested first though before planting so that you know the best variety for you.

  • James

    I have potatoes to ready end of January to May 2016. 0723713642

  • kiprono Geoffrey

    hi graduate farmer,im in nandi north and want to plant irish potatoes

  • Patrick

    Hi graduate farmer,
    I want to sow potatoes around kutus area of Kirinyaga county.. Planning to plant the asante variety since certified Shangi variety are out of stock.
    How well do potatoes do in this area? Information from farmers around is not backing up, neither from KARLO offices in Embu.
    Kindly assist

  • eddy

    hi, i would like to plant potatoes in gilgil from thise season its a virgin land please advice me on variety

  • peter

    Hey am peter
    My love kinagop and I have a small plot in flyover( junction).will you recommend me to build rental house
    Thanks

  • Mary

    Hello graduate farmer,
    I want to start potato farming in Kinangop is June a good month to plant?

  • kibochi

    Hi graduates, I am in frosty area and I find it difficult to control it on my potato farm. please help

  • Kenneth

    Hi am kenneth ,i do have 70 acres of land in kitale and i would love to lease it out or get someone who we can work together and make money.

    • Sam

      Hello Kenneth,

      Is it still available? If so, or if you know anybody leasing, kindly show me on email, amalowriters@gmail.com. Thanks and very much hope appreciated.

      Sam

  • joan

    Hello…i jzt started farming potatos this year…will be due in mid may or early june…am asking wherr can i get market and are the prices preferred during these months?

    • You can try approaching fast food restaurants in your area for market

  • joan

    Thank you…wanted to enquire on how to prepare certified potato seeds n after how long should obe grow potato in the same piece of land b4 crop rotation,and again which are the preffered crop to rotate with potato?thanks

  • Wangari

    Hi, i want to do potato farming in ndaragwa. Ps give me the cost breakdown and ps advice on requirements coz am doing it for the first time.

  • Hi,MY NAME IS FRANCIS,I HAVE HALF AN ACRE IRISH POTATOES READY FOR SALE(SANGHI)AT THE SLOPES OF MT KENYA(Narumoru-jst opposite narumoru girls)KINDLY CONTACT ME THROUGH THIS NO,0720560743

  • ELIZABETH KASINGU

    Hello, am interested in doing agribusiness especially potato farming and Chamomile. Where can i get land for leasing? I already have export market for Chamomile. Kindly let me know where i can get land to plant this two products. You can as well contact me on 0722802774 Elizabeth

  • Charles

    Any one leasing his/her land in an area suitable for potatoe growing? contact 0738366011

  • Hi Graduate Farmer,
    I would like to start Potato farming and kindly may i know where land for lease is available.

    thanks

  • i would like to lease 1 acre of land in molo or mau narok so that i can plant potatoes.may yu assist plz

  • Douglas

    Hi ,I have ready market for shangi potatoes in Nairobi .any one interested please call me on 0713648509 .

    • Douglas

      to add on to that i ment i have shangi potatoes in nairobi town any one interested call that number for delivery

  • Mary

    Hi I have 27acres worth of potatoes ready for harvesting in three weeks. Any interested buyer should please call me on 0790308179.

  • Veronica

    Hello,Am preparing to plant potatoes in Narok,where can I get certified seeds?is it the right time to plant?and If I use seeds from other farmers what is the effect as opposed to certified ones?

  • Nancy

    I have shangi potatoes ready for harvesting in Keiyo Marakwet. They are very nice, as I planted certified seeds in a virgin land. Would recommend the potatoes even for seeds due to their quality. my contact is 0722631048

  • collins langat

    hi graduate farmer i am interested in potato farming and i am asking about how much does it cost to lease a land for planting potatoes

  • Rachel

    Hi graduate farmer please assist to get certified seeds email grachel11@gmail.com

    • Muchiri

      Hi, did you ever get potato seeds?

  • Kevin

    hey I would like to venture into potato farming in Nyahururu, which type of potatoes do well that are?? .
    how do I got about while looking for a market for potatoes both in Nyahururu it’s environs and in Nairobi as well.??

  • Flo

    hi, am interested in potato farming and from western kenya, can you please the conditions and varieties that thrive well in the region and where i can buy certified seeds from.

    • Sam

      Hello Flo,

      Did you get the information? Thanks

  • juliana nyachieo

    hi I am interested in planting potatoes n I have a farm.in timboroa its 5acres how much will I need to do the farming .please give me a guide through my mail i l prefer frequent newsletters

  • JULIET WAIRIMU

    Hi,i want to plant potatoes in eldama ravine.how is the soil in that area?i have one acre of land,please advice me how much i will need for capital to plant the potatoes. thanks

  • Gichuki wanyaga

    I want to plant potatoes one acre for a start in mau narok. Which is the best variety of seeds for this place? Where can get ready seeds immediately before the end of the month? What is the price of the seeds and how many bags do I need,?

    • Muchiri

      Hi, we do sell quality potato seeds.

    • weldon khalif

      you need 5-6 sacks..the best variety is sianghi and touch

  • cheers

  • good work

  • Terrence chitawa

    Hie im impressed by this article.I would like to venture into potato farming i have 1 ha of land,Please help with the necessary information through my mail?

  • alex

    Millipedes affecting potatoes farmers any fumigant to control?

  • alex

    Any fumigants to control millipedes

  • Duncan

    Hey, guys thanks for the great article. I would love to farm potatoes starting next year in Elburgon .. Would you kindly inform me on all the planting seasons.. (best months to plant)

  • Lesly

    Hi, after mulching my potatoes with fertilizer, can I use D.I Grow Red on them during flowering?

  • Nyaga

    Hello. Can potatoes do well in semi-arid areas like lower embu, mbeere?

  • Kevin sunkuli

    Hello I have planted potatoes in a 1.5 acre land in Transmarra Narok county. I am expecting to harvest by in december.Kindly call me for supply during december season. 0719267511

  • RUTH

    Any potato farmer in Elburgon to contact me.I am a potentail farmer come January 2017

  • Muchiri

    We do sell Quality Potato Seeds

    • Sam

      How much, do you do transport?

  • Evelyn

    I have ready sweet potatoes in Bungoma how can i obtain market for my produce

  • Angelyn

    Hi Graduate farmer,

    I have one acre of potatoes ready for harvesting in Narok,Can I get any buyers?

    • Geff

      Hi Angelyn.

      Get in touch on osano2008@gmail.com. I am interested.

      Thanks.

    • sarah

      Hello
      Am not a buyer but would like to start potatoes farming in narok,it is my first time.
      how is the potatoes farming project doing in Narok.

  • Kingori

    This is a great site for farmers to market their produce.Thanks Graduate farmer.A renown agricultural extension officer but now a sub county administrator

  • Geff

    Anyone selling sweet potatoes, contact me on osano2008@gmail.com or 0721 554 849.

  • Peter Miring’u

    Hi,graduate farmer and fellow farmers! I am from Nyandarua County in Ol-Kalou area and interested in doing potato farming in that area.My question is whether the soil around that area is good for that venture and what amount of potato seed do i need for 1 (one) Acre of land??….Also which is the good month to plant depending on prices? Thanks in advance!!

  • fidel kiago

    Fidel
    hallo how do i get a direct market for my potatoes to avoid the brokers who has spoiled the market. Am from Molo Muchorwe, please help. Get in touch with via email fidexkyago@gmail.com

  • praful lathia

    i want to start potatoes in timau 35 acres , need tractors and ploughs and a bore hole , is it possible to get a agri loan to start please advice

    • Check out e-tinga.com

      • lydia koskei

        iwant to start potatoes planting in eldoret where can i get sertified seed

  • cyrus

    HI,
    I am interested in venturing into onion growing in kitui region, a place along one of the seasonal rivers. When is the best time to grow onions?

  • cavin nyabuto

    helloh i would wish to start planting of potatoes and onions somewhere in elgeyo marakwet but dont know which is better with the considerate of market and climate need your advice and if possible would wish to contact you personally for more information
    help me out

    • erick

      can you connect me to a reliable person around there, elgeiyo marakwet who can lease me 2 acres shamba we walk with you together in the planting. That is one way in which people learn, in this case you will learn

  • Albert Yego

    Hi,
    I am a farmer in timboroa and am looking for customers to buy my potatoes. If interested, contact 0734477715

  • Nancy

    Hi, I am a farmer i have been farming watermelons from last year. I now want to start farming potatoes in Limuru, please advise on the best variety for that area and i would like to contact you for more advice and information. Looking forward to hear from you.

  • carolyn

    hello, I have certified potatoe shangi seeds. anyone interested can contact 0727410878 Carolyn.

  • weldon kibet khalif

    hallo, i am a farmer planting potatoes in narok county.. i got some potatoes which will be harvested in mid april. if your are intrested please contact me kweldonkibetkoech@gmail.com 0715243650

  • Omboga Jerry

    what kind of potatoes seed do we plant in Eldoret Uasin Gishu…?

    • Nicholas Biwott

      Did you ever get andwer to that question? i laso want to get into that

    • You can grow shangi potatoes