Potato research in Kenya commenced in 1958 when a simple potato certification scheme was started at former NHRC-Thika. In 1969, a pathologist at the National Agricultural Research Laboratories (NARL). Kabete was assigned the duties of seed quality assurance. However, it was not until 1972 that the Centre for potato research was established at Muthanga Farm (2100m.a.s.l) in Tigoni. In 1975 all the seed certification staffs were transferred from NHRC-Thika to Tigoni to initiate a seed multiplication and distribution programme.