National Root and Tuber Crops Research Programme Report 1992

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1992
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Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
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The major root and tuber crops in Kenya are potato, cassava and sweet potato. These crops play an important role in the provision of food to the population, and in the case of cassava and sweetpotatoes, food security in the marginal areas of the country. Cassava and sweetpotato production has declined in recent decades due to their being regarded as poor man's food and due to changing food habits in favour of maize and potatoes. Apart from increasing the production of the two crops, there is considerable potential for diversifying their utilization to compliment maize and other food crops used for both human and animal feed. Currently, however, their production and availability is constrained by lack of clean planting materials, yield losses due to various pests and diseases, postharvest deterioration of the roots, and lack of alternative uses.
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