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Two firms to buy Sh15m potatoes monthly

Friday September 9 2016

A man hauls an extended bag of potatoes from the market to a local café in Nyeri.

A man hauls an extended bag of potatoes from the market to a local café in Nyeri. Tropical Heat and Sereni Fries have agreed to purchase the commodity from growers to ease their marketing struggles. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

GERALD ANDAE
By GERALD ANDAE
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Two local companies have made a commitment to buy 600 tonnes of potatoes worth Sh15 million every month from farmers as the shortage of the right variety hits the processors.

Tropical Heat and Sereni Fries have agreed to purchase from growers who have been struggling to get the market for their produce.

Mr Navin Shah, managing director of the Tropical Heat, said the agreement with the farmers will enable the firm to have a steady supply of raw material.

Mr Shah noted that though there were plenty of potatoes in the country during harvesting time, most of it does not meet the required specification for making crisps and chips.
Tropical Heat needs at least 80 tonnes of potatoes a week to sustain its market demand, hence the need to enter into a contract with farmers for assured supply of potatoes.