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Earn Ksh118,000 in 3 months from potatoes

Potatoes are a staple food in Kenya and are grown in many parts of the country. They are a relatively easy crop to grow and can be profitable if done correctly.

The Cost of Growing Potatoes

The cost of growing potatoes varies depending on the size of your farm and the inputs you use. However, you can expect to spend around Ksh 62,000 per acre on things like seed, fertilizer, and labor.

The Yield of Potatoes

One acre of potatoes can produce an average of 90 bags (100kg bags) per acre. With good management, you can even harvest up to 120 bags per acre.

The Market Price of Potatoes

The market price of potatoes varies depending on the time of year and the quality of the potatoes. However, you can expect to get around Ksh 2,000 per bag for potatoes of good quality.

The Profitability of Growing Potatoes

As you can see, the profitability of growing potatoes is quite good. With a production cost of Ksh 62,000 and an average market price of Ksh 2,000 per bag, you can expect to make a net profit of around Ksh 118,000 per acre.

Potato Seed Varieties in Kenya

There are many different potato seed varieties available in Kenya, each with its own unique characteristics. Some of the most popular varieties include:

  • Asante: This variety is known for its high yield and resistance to pests and diseases. It is a good choice for farmers who want to produce a large amount of potatoes.
  • Shangi: This variety is known for its good taste and texture. It is a good choice for farmers who want to produce potatoes for the fresh market.
  • Kenya Mpya: This variety is a hybrid of two other varieties, Asante and Shangi. It is known for its high yield and resistance to pests and diseases. It is a good choice for farmers who want to produce a large amount of potatoes.
  • Unica: This variety is known for its good taste and texture. It is a good choice for farmers who want to produce potatoes for the fresh market.
  • Manitou: This variety is a late-maturing variety that is known for its large tubers. It is a good choice for farmers who want to produce potatoes for the processing market.

Other Great varieties include;

  • Destiny: This variety is a mid-season variety with a high yield and good taste. It is suitable for both fresh consumption and processing.
  • Markies: This variety is a late-season variety with a high yield and good taste. It is suitable for both fresh consumption and processing.
  • Manitou: This variety is an early-season variety with a high yield and good taste. It is suitable for both fresh consumption and processing.
  • Rudolph: This variety is a mid-season variety with a high yield and good taste. It is suitable for both fresh consumption and processing.
  • Arizona: This variety is an early-season variety with a high yield and good taste. It is suitable for both fresh consumption and processing.
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When choosing a potato seed variety, it is important to consider the climate, soil type, and intended use of the potatoes. It is also important to consult with a local agricultural expert to get recommendations for the best variety for your specific area.

potatoes growing in a field
Potato Field

How to Grow Potatoes

To grow potatoes, you will need to prepare the soil, plant the seed potatoes, and water and fertilize the plants regularly. You will also need to protect the plants from pests and diseases.

Here are the steps on how to grow potatoes:

  1. Prepare the soil by tilling it to a depth of at least 12 inches.
  2. Add compost or manure to the soil to improve fertility.
  3. Rake the soil smooth.
  4. Plant the seed potatoes about 3 inches deep and 12 inches apart.
  5. Water the plants regularly.
  6. Apply fertilizer every two weeks.
  7. Mulch the plants to help retain moisture and suppress weeds.
  8. Hill up the soil around the plants as they grow.
  9. Harvest the potatoes when the leaves turn yellow and die back.

Tips for Growing Potatoes

  • Choose a variety of potatoes that is suited to your climate.
  • Plant the seed potatoes when the soil temperature is at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Water the plants regularly, especially during dry weather.
  • Fertilize the plants every two weeks with a balanced fertilizer.
  • Mulch the plants to help retain moisture and suppress weeds.
  • Hill up the soil around the plants as they grow.
  • Harvest the potatoes when the leaves turn yellow and die back.

Pests and Diseases

Potatoes are susceptible to a number of pests and diseases, including:

  • Colorado potato beetle
  • Potato leafhopper
  • Potato tuber moth
  • Late blight
  • Bacterial wilt

To protect your potatoes from pests and diseases, you can use a variety of methods, including:

  • Crop rotation
  • Planting resistant varieties
  • Using pesticides and fungicides
  • Practicing good sanitation

Conclusion

Growing potatoes can be a profitable and rewarding endeavor. By following the tips in this article, you can increase your chances of success.

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  • Joseph Boit

    Joseph is the founder of Graduate Farmer, a Kenyan online platform that provides resources and tools to help farmers improve their agricultural practices and increase their productivity. Joseph is a passionate follower of Christ and farmer who loves to use technology to make a positive impact on people's lives.

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177 Comments

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

      1. 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.

      2. Hi. I’m in Nakuru and I’m interested in potato farming. Which is the best (nearer area to hire land? I need two acres

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

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

      1. 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!

        1. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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,

  8. 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

  9. 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.

    1. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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

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

  13. 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

    1. 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.

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

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

    Thank

  16. 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

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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?

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. 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

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

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

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

  26. 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?

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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.??

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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,?

  34. 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?

  35. 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)

  36. 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

    1. 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.

  37. 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

  38. 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!!

  39. 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

  40. 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?

  41. 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

    1. 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

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

  43. 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.

  44. i want to venture into potato farming preferably near Nairobi but i don’t know where to find a good farm. any help? email me please cliffmoryaseegmail.com

  45. Hi graduate Farmer. Thank you for the good work but the figures are quiet exaggerated. The average production in Kenya per acre is approximately 10 tonnes per ha though the “ideal” production is 20-25 tonnes . Kindly re do the Gross margins and take in to considerations the opportunity costs of capital, labor and fixed costs. Also use 18 tonnes per ha and not 22.5 tonnes.
    Kelvin

  46. Hi graduate farmer. Can you please send me some esitimate cost values via email to start potato farming in kinangop on a one acre land.

  47. Hi am charles i want to venture in potato farming in kinangop am looking for any land that is being leased and is it suitable for me to plant my potatoes around december is the area condusive around that time

  48. Hi I want to venture into potato farming.Av a land in kinangop Murungaru area but based in Nairobi kindly take me through the whole thing as am a first timer farmer.

  49. Hello,I have ready orange organic sweet potatoes around karatina- nyeri highway ready for market.on a two acre farm,may you please connect me to ready bulk buyers of the sweet potatoes. Thank you
    Philip

  50. Also intrested in potato farming looking forward to start a bussines. So kindly contcat me if you have some seeds and will to sell them… 0700396730

  51. Hello Sir, where can I get two bags of certified Potatoe seeds by March to Early April in Cheptiret- Uasin Gishu County or in Lessos – Nandi County. Please contact me through email –
    ranouskurgat@gmail.com. Thanks

  52. kindly i need your advice on potato farming from land preparation to harvesting especially on( shangi )
    and insecticides and pesticides used and time of application
    fertilizers used during planting and weeding
    time it takes to germinate and grow flowers
    what i require to harvest quality and quantity potatoes

  53. Hi I need advice on planting Potatoes around Ngoliba/Kilimambogo area in Thika, how much seed per acre, which variety, any other information will be highly appreciated.

    Wakiru

      1. Hello am prestley from hamisi vihiga, would like to know if hamisi is a suitable area for planting potatoes and wich type to plant.

  54. Patrick
    Hallo graduate farmer, i am a potato farmer in south kinangop, based in Nairobi, i want to concur with you regarding the figures you have given here. The results though are dependent on the individual inputs from land preparation to potatoes growth. Potatoes farming is a lucrative business and it has low risks.
    I have one request please, i want to expand my farming and am planning to go to Mau Narok, can you please direct me to the best area plus the lease cost per acre. I will sincerely appreciate

  55. Am interested in potato faming around limuru. Can you advise me whether the area is condusive and where i can get the piece of land?

  56. I am interested in potato farm around ndhiwa, Homabay county. I have a very deep fertile soil and I want you to advise me on how I can get certified seeds around here in ndhiwa.
    My phone number is 0707395124

  57. I want to try this in siaya County, specifically in the area around ugunja but i don’t know how to get sides and other requirements. Is there a seed variety that will do well there

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