Farmers in the agriculture rich area of Kinangop in Nyandarua County have a reason to smile following the construction of a potato processing plant.
The multi-million-shillings Food Processing plant located at Engineer town will address the perennial problem of low prices and lack of market for the popular produce.
According to the plant manager Danson Ndegwa, farmers in Nyandarua have suffered for a long time due to exploitation by brokers and lack of support from the national government.
Addressing the press after visiting the plant, Ndegwa said that the company had already contracted farmers in the region to supply them with potatoes adding that they expected the produce to fetch more in the market.
Ndegwa said the company had employed agronomists who would engage the farmers free of charge with a view of improving their production.
The plant which will be officially opened next week has the capacity to process one tonne of potatoes per hour and will address the issue of post-harvest losses and value addition.
For years, farmers in the area have made losses due to lack of market after the Midland Food processing factory closed its doors years ago due to wrangles over its ownership.