By John Matava
Carrots are becoming more popular as commercial crops for smallholders due to their marketability, short maturity and low labour needs. Nantes carrots take 60 to 75 days from planting and unlike other varieties, like Chantenay, Purple Drago, Atomic Red and Autumn King, it is highly resistant to powdery mildew, a disease capable of killing about 70 per cent of the crops in a farm. It also offers a deep orange colour and sweet taste that consumers prefer. Currently a kilo of Nantes is retailing at Sh45.
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