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How Do You Export Sweet Potatoes from Kenya to Europe?

This is an article I published two years ago on how you can get certification to export sweet potatoes to Europe.
"Europe is the largest export market for sweet potatoes so producers all over the world are jostling for a share of the European potato market.  As previously noted, the largest sweet potato market in Europe is the UK followed by the Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, and Germany. Other European countries also consume small amounts of sweet potatoes.

In order to join the EU market, producers must get a EUREPGAP certification for Good Agricultural Practice. EUREPGAP was developed by retailers in the EU in the late 90s and has since been adopted as the global standard or certification for good agricultural practice, hence the name GLOBAL G.A.P."

I will be producing a comprehensive manual on sweet potato farming in Kenya that will also touch on the process of certification in detail and give you contact details of some of the compliance bodies which are in charge of the certification process in Kenya and East Africa. So keep your eyes open for the release of the first ever Kenyan sweet potato manual for farmers. For more on the article above, check out http://kabondopotatos.blogspot.com/2012/01/get-to-know-globalgapeurepgap.html 
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Establishment of Sweet Potato Marketing Institute in Kenya

Since no one has set this up yet, I am reiterating my desire to get the sweet potato marketing institute initiative up and running this year. Anyone interested in partnering with me or funding this initiative can contact me at kabondofarms@yahoo.com or call 0717444786. Here is the detail of the marketing institute which I published late last year:-

The Kabondo Farms Group is seeking funding to build a sweet potato marketing institute in Kenya which will be based in Nairobi with subsidiaries in Homa Bay, Trans Nzoia, Kakamega and Kiambu amongst other sweet potato growing areas in Kenya. These funds will go towards the promotion of the Kenyan sweet potato farming and consumption in both the local and international markets.

 The marketing agency will focus on the generic promotion of fresh and processed sweet potatoes. Our promotional activities will target the retailers, consumers, farmers, food services as well as food manufacturers in order to increase the intake of nutritious sweet potatoes in Kenya and beyond. In this regard, the Kenyan sweet potato marketing institute will also represent the interests of Kenyan sweet potato growers in the international trade by ensuring consistent market access and adherence to export standards in the EU market.

Part of the funds will go into building the marketing group website while the rest will be used in promotional activities including agricultural shows, online marketing, educational materials, management overheads, creating marketing linkages and funding the offices and logistical operations in Kenya. Farmers and farmer groups interested in participating in the program will be required to make annual membership contributions of Ksh.500 per farmer or Ksh.1500 per farmer group.

The perks of membership will include regular market linkages for your sweet potato produce, being featured on our website where clients from across the world can access your profile, advice on sweet potato export requirementsaccess to the desired varieties of sweet potatoes, regular updates via SMS on sweet potato prices in Kenya and much more.

The farmers and companies interested in participating in our program are advised to contact the team at the latest opportunity for expression of interest and the payment of membership fee for the marketing institute. We are a work in progress and will in due course appoint a steering board with members drawn from all the leading sweet potato growing areas.

Ongoing work

We are currently in the process of filing applications for funding for the Kenyan Sweet Potato Marketing Institute for the year 2015/2016. For more information about this latest initiative or to express your interest in partnering with us, please send us an email to kabondofarms@yahoo.com or call 0717444786.
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Sweet Potato Farming Manual for Kenyan Farmers

I have been receiving lots of phone calls from farmers interested in undertaking sweet potato farming but since I have since moved on to other ventures, I am unable to offer as much personalized assistance like I used to do a year or so ago when I was engrossed in sweet potato farming and marketing in both Kabondo and in Nairobi. It has been a great journey and I have made some great contacts with interested individuals and organizations interested in more information or investments in sweet potato farming.

Since I am not in a position to assist, I will create a new guide that will help you with all the information that you need about sweet potato farming including the sweet potato varieties, where to plant, when to plant, planting techniques for the sweet potato crop, weeding, harvesting, transportation and storage, packaging and even marketing in markets such as Marikiti and Gikomba market in Nairobi. As a bonus, I will offer a comprehensive guide on how you can obtain a GLOBAL GAP certification to enable you export your sweet potatoes to Europe. This manual will be in the form of an eBook and I will be selling it for a small fee since I will invest some time and creating the content for the eBook based on my experience as a farmer and businessman who once specialized in sweet potatoes.

Price may range from Ksh.300 to Ksh.500 but nothing has been decided yet until we get the book completed in a months time. So watch this space if you are interested in sweet potato farming.
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