James David Kimoi Moi, the eldest son of Baringo Senator Gideon Moi and grandson to Kenya’s second President Daniel Arap Moi, abandoned civil engineering in order to pursue potato farming.
Kimoi graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. Prior to that, he had gotten secondary school education at the exclusive Harrow School in London.
He, however, ditched the famed career and decided to get his hands ‘dirty’ in its literal sense. He is the current director of Agrico East Africa Company – hailed as one of the most elite potato seed companies in the country.
Based in Nakuru County, the company imports an average of 200 to 300 tonnes of potato seeds from the Netherlands annually. The seeds are later multiplied on the farm locally and then sold at higher rates.
At a past media interview, Kimoi noted that the company’s aim is to reach out to farmers and supply quality seeds through incorporating technology.
The idea sprung up from the problem of farmers re-using potatoes harvested from their farms as seeds. This practice often results in poor production hence the decision by the elder Moi and his team to get better seeds abroad.
When Gideon’s son is not busy on the farm, he enjoys a game of polo – a sport that primarily runs in the family. His father and brother, Kigen Moi, also has a special liking for the exclusive game.
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