A shipment of fertiliser at a discounted price has been flagged off by Deputy president Rigathi Gachagua for delivery to various regions of the nation.
Gachagua said in a speech on Thursday at Harambee House Annex that the commissioning follows a mandate from President William Ruto that the government will develop interventions aimed to make fertilizers cheap to farmers and increase agricultural yield.
The second-in-command urged farmers to visit the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) Depots and Sub-Depots in the areas where the consignments will arrive.
“I appeal to farmers in the regions that are receiving short rains to reach out to local National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) Depots and Sub-Depots to access the required fertilizer,” said Gachagua.
He added that the government is investigating more stakeholder initiatives to make sure that fertiliser prices are within farmers’ means.
“We are privy to all fertilizer requirements for the long rains season 2023, the government has commenced consultations with key actors and stakeholders to ensure quality affordable and accessible fertilizer that will be available to all farmers across the nation,’ he said.
Under the National Fertilizer Subsidy Program, the consignment delivery will first be sent to the counties planting during the short rainy season.
Gachagua declared that as a result of the directive, the new fertilizer pricing are as follows:
DAP costs Ksh. 3,500, CAN costs Ksh. 2,875, UREA costs Ksh. 3,500, NPK costs Ksh. 3,275, MOP costs Ksh. 1,775, and sulphate of ammonia costs Ksh. 2,220.