As part of his remarks at Thursday’s Mashujaa Day festivities in Nairobi’s Uhuru Gardens, President William Ruto assured the audience that 6 million bags of subsidized fertilizer will be made available to them before the start of the 2023 planting season.
In response to the shortage of fertilizer, Ruto said his administration had already taken the first step by making it accessible to counties and regions in time for the short rain planting season.
At a cost of Sh3,500 for each bag, about 1.5 million 50kg bags of fertilizer were imported and distributed.
Principal Secretary for Agriculture Francis Owino said that fertilizer is now available for purchase by farmers at all official cereal board depots.
A 50kg bag of DAP sell for Sh3,500, CAN for Sh2,875, Urea for Sh3,500, NPK for Sh3,275, MOP for Sh1,775 and Sulfate of Ammonia for Sh2,220.
With worldwide fertilizer prices having more than doubled in the two years after the Covid-19 epidemic, the President indicated that the additional expenses were ultimately transferred onto farmers. The price of a 50-kilogram bag had to increase to about Sh7,000.