“Starting a Potato Farm”
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  • K E Dandadzi said on September 9, 2011
    I want to start potato farming. I am in Zimbabwe Central(Midlands Province-Gweru) The farm where I want to grow potatoes has red but loose soil. Could you send me the facts of the soil requirements ie chemical(average) ph, normal temperature of soil, soil dampness. The average cost per hector of growing potatoes, the average yield per hector etc
  • Welton Shoriwa said on September 11, 2011
    Am intending to grow an acre of potatoes for start & then expand with time. My area is infested with underground rodents that are almost similar to mice in appearance. They're a threat to successful potato production & will be grateful if u help me with the chemicals needed to destroy them. My farm is in Mvurwi,Zimbabwe
  • Gandanhamo knowledge said on September 12, 2011
    I want to embark on potato project so can you help me with requirements for 1 hectare. Any information that might help is greatly appreciated. I reside in Zimbabwe in Goromonzi district north -east of Harare.
  • M. Nhambura said on September 16, 2011
    I'm in Mvuma and would like to start farming potatoes. The soil is sand-ish, is it appropriate
  • Pangestura kencana putra said on September 20, 2011
    We are looking for potato seed for French fries varieties, we have potato farm in Bali, Indonesia, could you help us finding the suppliers?
  • Irfan Mehr said on September 20, 2011
    I'm from New York, upstate, and I own a small piece of farming land, about two hundred acres. I belong to a well educated farming family from Pakistan. I immigrated to USA in 1972. I have been growing all kinds of produce, including potatoes, here in New York, from my back yard garden to my small farm, for our domestic use and to share with friends. Now that I'm closer to my retirement I want to grow produce on a commercial scale to supplement my income. I have selected potatoes and onions to grow on commercial scale. I have experimented with these two crops and they do very well in this soil and weather. So far I have done it old fashion way, with my own bare hands. But, for commercial scale I need equipment. Can you suggest where I can find used or new potato planters, cutters and diggers for small scale farming without costing me arm and a leg? Irfan
  • Hardy said on September 29, 2011
    What is the average kilograms of potatoes can you harvest over one hectare
  • Anaheed abdallah said on September 30, 2011
  • nyasha manimanzi said on October 2, 2011
    Hie my name is Nyasha Manimanzi & what i have just read on potatoes helped me a lot now am looking for bigger land in Zimbabwe, Harare. Also would appreciate other tips on growing this crop
  • G Maya said on October 7, 2011
    I have about 5 hectares and I also have drip irrigation already setup I want to do potatoes this season i've never done them before can I get a step by step guide as to what I need to do to get this crop off the ground fast because the aims are here and I can't miss out. G Maya Harare, Zimbabwe
  • O. Sawyerr said on October 7, 2011
    Hi. I am looking to commercially cultivate irih potatoes in the central region of Ghana. Can you help with tips?
  • Lincoln Muteto said on October 12, 2011
    Hie, is it possible to farm potatoes during summer season that is Nov-Jan in Zimbabwe. the farming area is north-east of Harare.
  • Bijaya Shakya said on October 30, 2011
    Hi I'm Nepalies,working as civil engineer in my consultancy Office at Kathmandu. during this Fiscal Year of Nepal Our Co-Operative Has planned to harvesting Potato on our 10 acre land on Hilly region of semi tropical environment, I want your help and assist for Potato farming, Also would appreciate other tips on growing this crop.Please write ur tips bishakya@hotmail.com
  • B KUSEMA said on October 30, 2011
    karoi, Zimbabwe. i have loam soils but there is no irrigation. I am interested in learning more effective ways of growing potatoes in summer, can you please send me some comprehensive notes on how to grow potatoes in summer. Please include land prep, type of fertilisers, pesticide and herbicides.Can you also include number of plants/ha and expected yield.
  • B KUSEMA said on October 30, 2011
    karoi. zimbabwe. i have loam soils wish to grow potatoes during summer. can i have adequate information on potato production in summer. can you include type of fertlisers, expected number of plants/ha and expected yield.
  • OWEN CHADIMA said on October 30, 2011
    harare, Zimbabwe im into other businesses but i know how to grow potatoes. for more information contact me on owenchadima@yahoo.com
  • SAINETI ZVIITO said on November 3, 2011
    would you please send me information on types of chemicals used, possible decease both in summer and winter,fertiliser requirements and capital needed to do 1 hact of potatoes.
  • nigel rutsito said on November 9, 2011
    Hi, I would like to know how many potatoes I can produce from 1 acre, I have plot in Shamva 40 km from Harare.
  • bilal said on November 13, 2011
    hi, i have 5 acre land in punjab pakistan is it enough for potato farm?
  • steve muigai said on November 15, 2011
    hi, i w'ld like to start potato farming, i have a 2 acre land, in abardare highland in kenya. what is the average production per acre.
  • sabinah Rwatizha said on November 28, 2011
    i would like to know how to start up potato farming on a small scale. I have a 10hactare plot under irrigation. i need comprehensive information on correct seed to use up to harvesting. my plot is in Macheke.
  • washuka kihuyu (central kenya) said on December 1, 2011
    am lady aged 26 years trained as accountant(c.p.a), looked for a job but no luck yet. i decided to do potato farming it's a good business. any interested parties can contact me via my email address. if you looking certified seeds, or type of variety that suits your region. please contact me i can help
  • stanslous makusha said on December 3, 2011
    I wish to find out the producers of seed potato in zimbabwe. i want to grow potatoes in mashonaland west province.
  • Denny Mupande said on December 4, 2011
    I am interested in potato seed farming I am in Zimbabwe,I have heard of a seed that I can put on a nursery and transplant were can I get the seed.Please assist If there is a company in my neighboring countries. could you also assist me with the proper guidelines on the way of seed production.
  • boit wilson said on December 6, 2011
    Would like to grow potatoes on large scale,my area is favorable for the crop. I leave in kenya and in the rift valley, keiyo district. Can i find funds for this type of business?
  • Tendai Majoni said on December 6, 2011
    I have a 1 hectare plot situated 90km from Harare at Selous in Zimbabwe. I would like to know how much capital need plus the breakdown. How many 15kg packets can i expect from it and more info on pesticides and fertilizers. Thank you.
  • david waweru mathai said on December 14, 2011
    please assist me to know i am about to start potato farming i need to know if i am required to use animal manure and fertilizer at the same time while planting. tell me at what time can i use manure and fertilizer
  • Jol jonah said on December 14, 2011
    I am from jos,plateau,nigeria.i want 2 know which species of potato is good for my area.and the advantage of that species of others.
  • david waweru mathai said on December 16, 2011
    how many bags of potatoes should i harvest on 1 acre piece of land on good harvest.
  • Judith Mutamba said on December 23, 2011
    Hello, I am a farmer in Goromonzi District. I am heartened to read about all those interested to grow potatoes. For sometime I was growing potatoes with ill advice from many who purported to know. I then attended a course organized through Gwebi College co hosted by Windmill and Potato Seed Association. I urge all in Zimbabwe who are interested in growing potatoes the right way to contact Gwebi College, Windmill or The Potato Seed Association of Zimbabwe. All information and material you require will be provided plus you will involved in the practicals. Growing potatoes will assist towards addressing hunger and malnutrition in Zimbabwe and the region. Lets all make a concerted effort we will also reduce poverty. Judith Mutamba.
  • Tanaka said on December 29, 2011
    I am intending to start potato farming in the Mvurwi area of Mazowe district, Zimbabwe. Which type of potato should i use. Also how should i feed them (preferably environmentally friendly way) and when, watering, possible diseases and how to cure them, harvesting, storage, etc. The farm will depend on rain rain water as there is no irrigation yet. Than you.
  • keabetswe sekopo said on January 7, 2012
    Good day, i have a peace of 10 hecter land 20 km from Gaborone and i would like to start a potato farming please give me an advice which fertilizer and seeds i can use to plant potatoes.
  • Manhare J said on February 8, 2012
  • b zva said on February 9, 2012
    hie, need to know more about (tps)true potato seed that is used to grow the actual seed ,i want to be a potato seed grower live in masvingo ZIMBABWE
  • Onkabetse Kataki said on February 9, 2012
    Good day,I have a piece of land along Morwa - Mochudi old road and would like to start up an irrigational project,ploughing carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, green and peppers and cucumber. I am currently doing broilers and goats farming and would like to utilize the land with above mentioned. Please, help me with a business plan to look for finance and ideas/advice around this project. Thank you. Kind regards, Onkabeste Kataki,Morwa Village,Botswana
  • Obert Chikoore said on February 9, 2012
    I am already a potato farmer in Beatrice, Harare Zimbabwe. I would like to know weed management in a potato field...using herbicides
  • mandivavarira boniface said on February 15, 2012
    I have six hectors of land in mazoe Zimbabwe i would like to start potato production but i do not have capital to start the project because i need to install irrigation system on my field
  • Moses Kpayser said on February 15, 2012
    Thinking about growing Irish Potatoes in Liberia. Is it possible to grow this in the tropical area? I need your advice please.
  • leon gezi said on February 24, 2012
    hie in gweru zimbabwe please I really need information on every step of the way on how to grow this crop. Also the cost to start with 4 1 hectare. God bless
  • tafadzwa said on February 27, 2012
    hie. l have a plot of land approximately 1 hectare in size) in chishawasha, 20kms east of harare. can you please give me all the necessary information with regards to the amount of seed, fertilizer, pesticides required. also the cost implications involved.thanks
  • Tracy Setoboli said on February 28, 2012
    I need advice on how to start up and run a potato growing project in Bulawayo Zimbabwe. What are the prerequisites, pesticides and planting month?
  • demba said on March 3, 2012
    Hi, i am a Gambian based in Denmark. I wanna start a potato and onion farm in The Gambia as these vegetables are very important in Gambian foods but So expensive for some locals. I wanna start this project So that i can help provide jobs to some ppl and for those Who can't afford it in The market will find it easier ones i get started. My only problem is i don't know anything about farming. Please help me help others.
  • david waweru mathai said on March 6, 2012
    which procedure should i use for planting potatoes the amount of fertilizer required n cost involved
  • Kingsley said on March 12, 2012
    Hello my name is Kingsley, I am interested in growing potatoes in my 120 ha land in Botswana, around kanye area. I need some technical information on the species of potato to use which will grow best in Botswana. I have been doing a lot of research on this and will like for some advice. Am looking to go large scale as my family is into farming and we have much of the machinery except the potato specific ones
  • willem said on March 14, 2012
    Hi, I'm from Namibia. Would like to grow potatoes on a 10 hectare land. Please advise on the species to be grown in a semi-arid country like Namibia. Technical information will also be useful.
  • victor mwai said on March 18, 2012
    how many bags of potato can I produce on one acre of land all factors being optimal for potato farming.
  • simbarashe makaya said on March 24, 2012
    I want to start growing potatoes on a small scale in Cashel Valley. I want more information
  • Raghunath expert adviser said on March 26, 2012

    @simbarashe makaya, if you want to educate yourself on potato then go to wiki, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potato. If you need specific help on an issue then post here.

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • Asongna Blaesed said on March 26, 2012
    I am an agronomy student and i will like to set up a test for my skills acquired so far. So, i have half an acre available with me. pls i need advice as soon as possible on how to prepare the seeds, plant, required inputs, soil requirements, etc. the crop involved is the irish potato. u can email me on ablaesed@yahoo.com. Thanks for your kind assistance in advance.
  • Stephan Olivier beginner adviser said on March 29, 2012
    @Willem or any other possible potato farmers. My Name is Stephan Olivier and I am currently Employed by GWK Ltd. in the Northern Cape, South Africa. We are a leading Agricultural business and we specialize in seed potatoes. Send me a email if you require any help or if you are interested in potato seed for planting. We would be more than willing to assist you. Contact me at my email address: stephano@gwk.co.za. regards Stephan

    Potato Farming Consultant

  • booma said on March 30, 2012
    Hai,. Any one does POTATO contract farming in zanmbia,. we need to do some ten acres in LUSAKA MAKENI ROAD. +260 0979003871
  • Albert said on April 3, 2012
    i have a 5 hectare piece of land in Glendale area 70km north east of Harare in Zimbabwe where there are re soils. I am intending to embark on a potato farming project and would be grateful to get all the necessary tutorials. Thanks in advance for your assistance.
  • Tatenda chisango said on April 3, 2012
    I am Harare,Zimbabwe. I was given an assignment as to write a project for potato production. The problem is i have, not much info on this crop plant which brought me to this page. So if anyone knows how to write this project your contribution will be of great help. My contacts. 0777660913 or email: chisangoty@gmail.com
  • P NYAUDE said on May 4, 2012
    I am planning to venture into potatao farming on hectare in Zimbabwe. Kindly provide with as much information from tilling until harvesting . thank you
  • Simon Nkosi said on May 7, 2012
    i'm currently a student under a potato farm around Komatipoort but facing a challenge on how to get funds to establish my own potato field and not sure how to do the best cultivar selection coz i already have a land.
  • Abigail Hamadziripi said on May 11, 2012
    I am in Harare, Could anyone be having the breakdown costs of what inputs are needed for potato farming per hectare. I am considering venturing into potato farming and I want to do my costing and projections.
  • Tarisai Somane said on May 14, 2012
    I am in Harare, Zimbabwe and would like to start potato farming in Marondera Mashonaland east province. I need the breakdown of inputs required for a hectare and expected yield per hectare. Please help want to start as soon as possible.
  • smick moola said on May 18, 2012
    i am a zambian who is interested in potato farming. i want to know where i can find potato seed grains not tubers. I understand that there are actual seeds
  • dr. manju rai beginner adviser said on May 19, 2012
    @smick moola pl. get in touch with your agriculture department for true potato seed(TPS).

    raizobiotec@raizo.com || Potato Farming Consultant

  • EDWARD MALAMA said on May 21, 2012
    Edward Malama is My name, I am Interested in growing potatoes. i have a ten hector farm in a very good sandy soil, near by there is a commercial farmer producing potato. how much do i need per hector of seed, chemical and fertilizer to grow my potatoes. and how much yield is expected in one hector. Regards Beginner farmer
  • charlie muscat said on May 23, 2012
    a lot is said about the need of water after planting potatoes but nothing is said what care is needed after planting as regards ( food so to have a good harvest ) thanks
  • Eugene O Connor said on May 26, 2012
    Hi i live in a village in the west of Ireland , my question,is how much seed will it take to seed one acre of ground. what variety would you recommend me to use. I Need the potatoes for a restaurant and chips
  • George Benedict Lupembe said on May 27, 2012
    Hi, I am a farmer in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania owning a fertile 364 acres of farm with a tittle deed for 33 years suitable for potatoes cultivation. I invite serious and reputable investor on partnership basis. Submit proposals. Regards, George B Lupembe - georgelupembe@hotmail.com
  • Abba Paradza said on May 28, 2012
    Hi i am based in Zimbabwe. I'm thinking of starting a potato farming project at farm 200km, west side of Harare. Will be starting off with a hectare only, then increase capacity every season. Irrigation pipes are available so i wont be dependent on natural rain. Please assist with all the valuable notes. Regards.
  • P K Narkwa said on June 2, 2012
    Hi, i would like to go into potato farming in ghana, although i haven't got any idea what to do. Could you please help. thanks
  • Anthony Shula said on June 8, 2012
    I live in Zambia. I have a one hectare piece of land on which i am interested in growing potato. How do i go about it?
  • Pretty Toto Mngadi said on June 12, 2012
    I live in Northen Kwazulu Natal I have 20 hectors of land that I would use for potato farming but I do not even know where to start and how much will be required to start this kind of business I know every business has its good and bad can somebody advise if I am making a mistake with this decision
  • Dzidzo Marangwanda said on June 15, 2012
    i am a young farmer who want to venture into potato production, i want to know the cost of putting up a hactare, i will greatly appreciate your contributions be blessed
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  • Joshua Luvonga said on June 24, 2012
    I am a farmer in Western(Kitale) Kenya and want to start Irish potato farming in my 4 acre farm Kindly advice on the best way to do it and any other information on the same. We appreciate your support. Much thanks Joshua
  • Gift Mudavanhu said on June 25, 2012
    I stay in Masvingo, Zimbabwe. I need the inputs and and expected output per hectare. Thank you in advance
  • Ashford Chikomo said on June 27, 2012
    I stay in Norton, Zimbabwe and have a 3 Hectare plot. I intend to put potatoes on 1 hectare. In need of comprehensive information on inputs required, the various methods of growing potatoes(i would want to start planting beginning August) and a guideline to write up a bankable proposal for the project. Thank you in advance for your assistance
  • farai said on July 4, 2012
    I am in zimbabwe I would to know what are the cost per hectare to start potato farm. help me
  • Maga Myriam said on July 5, 2012
    Our organisation farms local variety of Irish potatoes in Cameroon, we have an unexploited land surface of 15 hectares, we are in urgent need of information and availability of planting irish potatoes seeds from South Africa. Thanks and looking forward to receiving precise information from you.
  • Rameshg said on July 6, 2012
    I am agronomist, based in zambia. so I am doing agric & horti consultant on various crop cultivation & management my cell no. 00260976706960
  • lawrence said on July 10, 2012
    i'm in zimbabwe i want to start growing potatoes in Goromonzi with my little knowledge am seeking help for high yields
  • leofy fungai said on July 10, 2012
    i want to start up a potato farm in Nyanga Zimbabwe, i therefore need to draft a project proposal to help me attain a loan but am not sure what to write, can you please help me have the best proposal layout. Thank you
  • Proverb said on July 11, 2012
    I am located in Swaziland, could you please provide me with links that could give me an outline/business plan that may be used for a starting point for growing potatoes. Thank you
  • sam slink said on July 17, 2012
    i want to start a potato farm in gweru , zimbabwe need the general requirements please help
  • Cathrine said on July 18, 2012
    I am located in Zimbabwe ,could you please provide me with the chemicals to use from the time of planting to the time harvesting eg, herbicides, termites etc. Please help i want to start potato farming this season.
  • Farai beginner adviser said on July 18, 2012
    Hi, I am in Zimbabwe and am able to help with information on Potato growing. The Zimbabwe planting season starts in two weeks and its barely enough time to force sprout and start planting. I came here looking for soluble equivalents to the normal field fertilizers for use within my proposed drip system. You can e-mail me on farai@lefaosolutions.com. Thanks and regards.

    farai@lefaosolutions.com || Potato Farming Expert

  • Farai beginner adviser said on July 19, 2012

    @leofy fungai, For a draft proposal, please e-mail me and I will send by way of reply. But Nyanga is a Quarantine area used to produce the bulk of the certified seed we have in Zimbabwe. You might need to consult the Crop Research Institute on the legalities of it.

    farai@lefaosolutions.com || Potato Farming Expert

  • Farai beginner adviser said on July 19, 2012

    @Dzidzo Marangwanda, Generally, all things being equal, a hectare of potatoes will cost you $4,000 in inputs max and return a profit of around $10,000 - $11,000/ha. This is assuming you will be selling in 15kg pockets at $8/pocket.

    farai@lefaosolutions.com || Potato Farming Expert

  • David Jomo said on July 24, 2012
    after going through your clients comments I would like to start small scale commercial potatoes cultivation in katire equatoria state outh sudan
  • Robert Tsuro said on July 24, 2012
    Hie i am Robert, with 10 ha to plant potatoes east of Harare, Zimbabwe please assist with technical know how, inputs involved and bankable business proposal to help me start up. Interested in starting potato farming but i have no knowledge of whats needed from land preparation, seeds, fertilizer, pesticides, irrigation, harvesting to marketing.
  • Nkosana Khumalo said on July 25, 2012
    Am in Shangani in the border of Matebeland South and the Midlands and have 10ha of arable land of which there is 1ha under drip irrigation ready to plant potatoes and the soil are good from the expert visual analysis. I need information on how to start up, fertilizers, methods and all necessary and handy notes
  • james said on July 25, 2012
    Hi i am based in HARARE. I'm thinking to starting a potato farming project this year I have a plot of land approximately 1 hectare in GOROMONZI east of harare. can you please give me all the necessary information with regards to the amount of seed type of seed, from land preparation to harvesting and the input requirements. fertilizer, pesticides required. also the cost implications involved.thanks
  • Tapiwah said on July 26, 2012
    i have a small plot in Beatrice, Zimbabwe. very much interested in starting a potato planting project. could you kindly assist with information regarding seeds quantity, fertilizers, pesticides and any other vital information.
  • Farai beginner adviser said on July 27, 2012
    @Tapiwah can you send me an email, I can send you the info.
    @james you can also email me for the information.
    @Nkosana Khumalo Soil needs to be tested, visual analysis cannot tell you about nematodes (which will drastically reduce yields) and the lacking nutrients. In some instances you'll need high potash content (applied as top dressing at 4, 8 and 12 weeks after emergence)
    @Robert Tsuro Please email me, I will reply with the info.

    farai@lefaosolutions.com || Potato Farming Expert

  • emmanuel said on July 30, 2012
    i am looking for a farm available with irrigation to rent about 1 hectare in zimbabwe to grow potatoes call m on 0775387531
  • lawrence said on August 8, 2012
    I have a 6 h farm in harare. Highveild area. Zimbabwe need to start potatoes farming can I have information on land preparation , all stages to marketing please
  • koji daniel said on August 12, 2012
    My name is koji Daniel a South Sudanese. I have big land for commercial farming along river Nile 40 km from Uganda border along Nimule -Juba highway. I need a partner with good practical experience in commercial farming. i need information to start the project. its urgent
  • Elton said on August 21, 2012
    I have a 40 hector farm in Zambia. I would like to go into potatoes farming. Please could you kindly supply some information on how to prepare the land for cultivation, the chemicals required for cure and prevention of diseases and also how to market the produce. Thank you in advance
  • mutemwa said on August 22, 2012
    i have a 25 hectares land between zimba and kalomo in southern province of zambia and its virgin island. now i want to start potato farming. how do i go about the farming from a to z
  • patson sakala said on September 3, 2012
    hi, am patson sakala still not in business but thinking of starting a potato production business in zambia as a way of investing. can you kindly explain to me advantages of growing potatoes and the requirements. thanks in advance.
  • Gibby Bwalya said on September 5, 2012
    hi, am Gibby from Lusaka Zambia with a piece of land in Makeni area. The land is black loamy soil and I would really love to go in to potato farming for business. Please advise what variety I can grow in such soils. Thanks
  • faith said on September 6, 2012
    hi, i'm in kenya, i would love to partner with somebody with a land.
  • Maliiy Amagon said on September 8, 2012
    Hello, I'm Maliiy from Nigeria, i'm thinking of starting a potato farm in Bokkos local government, Plateau state Nigeria. we are the largest producers of potato in the country but i do not know how to go about writing a proposal, kindly assist.
  • mkwena said on September 12, 2012
    I am farming in Marondera, Zimbabwe and In would like to know how to grow rainfed potatoes on 1 hectare piece of land.
  • Mrs Nyepudayi Chakauya said on September 14, 2012
    Hie i am in Chegutu Zimbabwe and i would like to start potato farming, i would like more information on how to farm potato


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