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Potato varieties in Kenya and their characteristics

By George Munene

  1. Unica Unica 4 Tajikistan
  • Red-skinned
  • Shallow eyes (bumps where potatoes start to grow)
  • Creams flesh
  • Long tubers
  • Diseases: Susceptible to late blight
  • Domancy (Time taken for tuber to sprout): 2-3
  • Maturity: Early (3 months)
  • Ideal for chips & crisps
  • Rich in Vitamin C, Iron & Zinc
  • Yield: 40-45 tons/ha
  • Areas to be grown: Lowlands and highlands tropics 1400-3500 Meters Above Sea Level (MASL)
  1. Shangi shangi and why
  • Cream skin
  • Shallow to medium pink eyes
  • Cream white flesh
  • Oval shaped tubers
  • Diseases: Moderately susceptible to late blight
  • Dormancy: Very short (Less than 1 month)
  • Ideal for mashing, boiling, chipping, & roasting
  • 30-40 tons/ha
  • Areas to be grown : ≥1500 m.a.s.l. is the best. It does well in areas such as Nyandarua, Kiambu, Nyeri, Laikipia, Meru, Nakuru, Bomet, Narok, Kwale, Nandi, Kisii, Kericho, Elgeyo Marakwet, Uasin Gishu,Trans-Nzoia, West Pokot, Taita-Taveta, and Cherangani hills.
  1. Tigoni 35530575 1054812404675822 438127788503859200 n
  • White skin
  • Pale yellow flesh
  • Shallow white eyes
  • Diseases: Tolerant to late blight
  • Dormancy: Short (1 month)
  • Ideal for mashing, boiling, chipping, baking, & roasting
  • Yields: 35-45 tons/ha
  • Areas to be grown : High altitude of >2300 m.a.s.l is the best. It does well in areas such as Nyandarua, Kiambu, Nyeri, Laikipia, Meru, Nakuru, Bomet, Narok, Kwale, Nandi, Kisii, Kericho, Elgeyo Marakwet, Uasin Gishu, Trans-Nzoia, West Pokot, Taita-Taveta, and Cherangani hills.
  1. Kenya Mpyaezgif.com gif maker
  • Cream white skin
  • Cream white flesh
  • Shallow pink eyes
  • Oval shaped tubers
  • Dormancy: Short (1 month)
  • Diseases: Resistant to late blight
  • Ideal for mashing, boiling, chipping, & roasting
  • Yields: Very high (40-45 tons/ha)
  • Areas to be grown: Medium to high altitude of 1400-3000 m.a.s.l. It does well in areas such as Nyandarua, Kiambu, Nyeri, Laikipia, Meru, Nakuru, Bomet, Narok, Kwale, Nandi, Kisii, Kericho, Elgeyo Marakwet, Uasin Gishu, Trans-Nzoia, West Pok
  1.  Dutch Robyjnezgif.com gif maker 1
  • Slightly rough red skin
  • Pale yellow flesh
  • Shallow to medium pink eyes
  • Round shaped
  • Diseases: Susceptible to late blight & Drought
  • Dormancy: Long (Over 3 months)
  • Ideal for crisping
  • Yield: 35-40 tons/ha
  • Area to be grown: High altitudes of 1800-2600 m.a,s.l is the best. It does well in areas such as Kiambu, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Meru, Nakuru, Bomet, Uasin Gishu, Trans-Nzoia, West Pokot, Taita-Taveta, and Cherangani hills. The best area is Bomet County.
  1. Kenya Karibu ezgif.com gif maker 2
  • Deep red skin
  • Yellow flesh
  • Dark red medium eyes
  • Round in shape
  • Dormancy: Long (Over 3 months)
  • Diseases: Tolerant to late blight
  • Ideal for chipping, crisping, boiling, and mashing
  • Yield: 35-40 tons/ha
  • Areas to be grown: Altitude of 1800-2600 m.a.s.l is the best. It does well in areas such as Nyandarua, Kiambu, Nyeri, Laikipia, Meru, Nakuru,
    Bomet, Narok, Kwale, Nandi, Kisii, Kericho and Cherangani hills.

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