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County to start exporting sweet potato bread

Monday June 13 2016

Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto displays a loaf of

Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto displays a loaf of bread made from sweet potato. Sweet potato farmers in the county could soon start selling their value-added produce abroad after the county government secured market in Britain. PICTURE | GEOFFREY RONO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Sweet potato farmers in Bomet County would soon start selling their value-added produce abroad after the county government secured market in Britain.

Acting County Agribusiness Executive Beatrice Kirui, who recently attended an exhibition in the country, disclosed that they have market to sell the bread.

Ms Kirui recounted that she carried 60 loaves baked from the sweet potato flour to the exhibition, which were sold out.

“I was given order to supply 300 loaves every week. They will raise the number to 1,000 later.”

Currently, more than 5,000 farmers are planting sweet potatoes in parts of Bomet East and Sotik sub counties and the entire Chepalungu sub county. Some 250 acres, in total, are under the crop, with Ms Kirui appealing to farmers to expand the acreage.

“Because of the diminishing land size, most farmers have planted the crop on an average of quarter-acre for commercial purposes.”

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The Bomet Cooperative Union runs the sweet potato bakery in Bomet town, which was financed by the county government to a tune of Sh5 million.

ALTERNATIVE FOOD CROPS

The milling plant also makes pans, flour, porridge, queen cakes and cakes on orders.

Farmers produce at least 750,000kg of the produce every three months.

Ms Kirui said farmers have gone for alternative food crops in the wake of the maize lethal necrosis disease, which has ravaged thousands of acres for the last five seasons.

Governor Isaac Ruto said his government is exploring ways of securing markets for tea, millet, onions, coffee and peas.