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Sweet Potato Farming in Kenya: Let Us Do the Planting for You


There are people who want to engage in sweet potato farming in Kenya but they are afraid to take the risks or are completely unfamiliar with how to go about with the process the first time. We now make it very easy for you. We are now offering a new kind of service for the hesitant agribusiness investor: the sweet potato planting service.

What does the sweet potato planting service entail?

If you are interested in the service, simply send us a call in order to discuss the particulars. You can call us on 0717444786 or email us on kabondofarms@yahoo.com. We will send you a quote per acre and once you have agreed to work with us and we have signed a legal contract, we will basically take over your farm for one week and do the tilling, re-tilling, preparing mounds, securing the vines and planting sweet potatoes for you.  We come with our experienced team of planters and make sure this is done the right way in order to maximize your harvests.

When it is ready to invest, we can also assist you with washing, bagging, and transporting to the market in Nairobi for a small fee. This is a risk-free agreement where you are able to put more of your land into productive use for a very small price and make it profitable with expert management. If you are interested in this kind of arrangement, give us a call today at 0717444786.

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How to Ensure Massive Sweet Potato Harvest in Kenya


In a previous article, we had done the complete cost breakdown on what it could cost you to plant an acre of sweet potatoes and how much you would earn from such an investment. It was a complete cost breakdown that shows brief point by point information on the costs and potential revenues. As an experienced sweet potato farmer, I have seen that sweet potato farming could potentially make you rich but it could also make your poor depending on how and where you approach the farming business.

An acre of sweet potato could make you anywhere from Ksh.80,000 to Ksh.120,000 but that if you deploy the best practices when planting your sweet potatoes. There are certain useful steps that you will need to undertake in order to guarantee a good harvest. These include the following:-

· Plant your sweet potatoes on land where no sweet potatoes or root tubers have been planted in the past year. If you plant your sweet potatoes frequently, it is good to plant once a year and then rotate it with other crops such as maize, beans, groundnuts etc.

· Prepare land during the dry seasons and let it settle. Give time for all the weeds to dry up before the rainy season begins. Prepare fresh ridges or mounds just before the planting begins. This will prevent them from “hardening” and allows planters to insert the vines deep into the soil which will allow for the formation of sweet potato tubers without exposure. Exposure of sweet potato tubers to sunlight over a long duration of time generally damages them over time.

· Procure good quality sweet potato planting materials: Buy good quality sweet potato vines from a reliable sweet potato supplier. It is good to plant young vines that are two to three months old. Only vines that are healthy and free of diseases or pests should be picked for replanting.

· Plant your sweet potatoes at the onset of rains. Hire experienced planters who know how to plant the sweet potato vines for maximum yields.

· Weed the sweet potatoes two months. You may need to replant the mounds or ridges where the vines might have withered.  Wait for your harvest in three to four months time.

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Kenya Vines: Best Time to Buy Sweet Potato Vines is Now

As the sweet potato planting season approaches, this is the best time to purchase your sweet potato vines and begin planting as soon as possible. We are currently giving our farmers the best rates for sweet potato vines so do not fail to make your orders in time. Farmers will get vines for Ksh.1 per vine or Ksh.1000 per bag of sweet potato vines.

Cost of delivery will vary based on the location of the farmer. To order your vines, drop us an email at kabondofarms@yahoo.com or call us at 0717444786. You can also make payments for the number of bags you wish to purchase via our MPESA Till (LIPA Na MPESA) No 992290


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