Identifying the gap in the demand for potato crisp in the market, the Kenya Youth Agripreneurs also known as the Kibwezi Hortipreneur Youth Group (KHYG) have come up with the group’s first value added produce of sweet potato crisp. The sweet potato crisp known as Beta potato chips was launched by one of the members, McEnroe Nzomo at the IITA Office in ICIPE campus in Kasarani, Nairobi.
The technical adviser of the team, Dr Paul Woomer while encouraging the youth to come up with more innovative ideas stated that the demand for the product is high but the challenges faced by the youth is restricting them from meeting the demand.
Part of the challenges as highlighted is the non- availability of necessary equipment for production of the product.
Kibwezi Hortipreneurs Youth Group (KHYG) which has been in operation since March 2015 was into the production of vegetables, tomatoes through the use of screen house, fish farming and fish production before diversifying into value addition. KHYG’s vegetable and fish farming business fared very well during the period of production. The group makes use of the University of Nairobi Dryland Research station in Kibwezi, Makueni County in kenya.
The University farmland which is about 4,800 hectares of land had been abandoned by the school for 10 years before it was resuscitated by the Kibwezi Horticulture Youth Group as offices, processing centre and fields.