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Kenya: Row over government plan to import potato seed from the Netherlands

A major controversy has broken out over government plan to import seed potato favoured for the production of high quality crisps and chips.

It follows an agreement between the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis) and its counterpart in the Netherlands signed on behalf of Kenya Government allowing the latter to export planting potato tubers into the country.

Now, Mr Wachira Kaguongo, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Potato Council of Kenya says the deal ignores plant material safety importation procedures.

The council wants the importation of the potato seed stopped claiming it is illegal and exposes the sector to dangerous pests and diseases.