Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua on Thursday morning flagged off the first consignment of subsidized fertilizer to various parts of the country.
The move was among the many promises that Kenya Kwanza government made to Kenyans to ensure that they are provided with affordable farm inputs.
This comes just two days after the government released Kshs3.6 billion for the subsidy.
In his speech before flagging off the fertilizer, Gachagua explained why fertilizer was the first priority in the government’s effort to avail affordable farm inputs.
“As a government, we, from the very onset, spelt out the prioritization of improving Agricultural production through availing affordable and accessible inputs as an intervention. In particular, we have identified fertilizer for immediate intervention due to its potential, immediate and profound impact on agricultural productivity in the medium term as well as in the long long term. In this regard, one of our pronouncements was to lower fertilizer prices to set the pace of this intervention,” Gachagua said.
He added that the subsidy programme will see NCPB avail 1.4 million bags of 50kg fertilizer during the ongoing short rains season.
“The New cost of DAP will be Kshs3,500 from nearly Kshs7,000, the price of CAN will be Kshs2,875 , Urea will be 3, 500 that NPK Kshs 3,275, MOP Kshs1,775 while Sulphate of Amonia kshs2220,” DP Gachagua said
He further advised farmers to visit local NCPB depots and sub-depots to access the subsidized fertilizer.