The Co-operative Bank of Kenya will provide financing for potato farmers who want to grow the variety of the tuber required by major food outlets such as Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC).
The listed lender is one of the five companies that have formed a ‘Potato Consortium’ bringing together firms that have expertise in all matters of the tuber in what is aimed at guaranteeing the value chain, from the quality of seed, farmer financing and food in the is of the highest quality of standards that is preferred by modern restaurant chains.
Others are agrochemical companies Yara, Bayer Crop Science, seed supplier Agrico PSA and food processor and distributor Simplifine Limited.
“The consortium of like-minded companies that play within the potato value chain, is addressing current barriers that potato farmers face, by enabling access to affordable and quality inputs, credit and sustainable markets,” reads a brief on the project.
“The partners within the consortium have developed modular solutions that will help farmers increase potato yields through the use of appropriate input packages.”