On Thursday, September 22, 2022, Deputy President flagged off the first consignment of subsidized fertilizer to various areas in the country.
Addressing journalists in Nairobi, Gachagua said the government has released Ksh3.55 billion ($29.4 million) for a fertilizer subsidy kitty. The quantity was 1.4 million bags of 50kg fertilizer.
"The national treasury has availed Ksh3.55billion. Under this program, the government through the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB)will make available 1.4million bags of 50Kg of fertilizer to farmers during the ongoing short rains season and prices as tabulated," he stated.
Following the review, the cost of DAP fertilizer is now Ksh3,500 ($29.02) from Ksh7,000 (58.04), CAN Ksh2,875 ($23.84), NPK Ksh3,275 ($27.16), MOP Ksh1,775 ($14.72), UREA Ksh3,500 ($29.02) and Sulphate of Ammonia Ksh2,220 ($18.81).
According to Agriculture Principal Secretary Francis Owino, the subsidized fertilizer will be distributed first to farmers in areas experiencing short rains.
"The subsidized fertilizer programme will start with counties undertaking planting during the short rains season of 2022," said PS Owino.
Fertilizer is sourced nationwide through the depots and sub-depots of the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB). Each farmer may buy a maximum of 100 sacks.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.