As a result of the state allocating Ksh3.55 billion via the National Treasury in order to carry out President William Ruto’s mandate, farmers may now have access to subsidized fertiliser.
On Monday, September 19, 1.4 million bags were transferred from the Ministry of Agriculture to the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB).
On Tuesday, September 20th, the government released a statement saying that they will be subsidizing 71,000 metric tonnes (1.42 million x 50 Kg bags) of fertilizer for use during the short rains season.
At a cost of Ksh3,500 per 50Kg bag, the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) distributed 1.4 million bags of fertilizer to its depots and sub-depots around the nation.
Further, each farmer may only get a total of 100 50-kilogram bags of fertiliser.
Prices for nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (NPK) have been set at Ksh3,725, while UREA has been subsidized to Ksh3,500. Prices for the various fertilizers range from Ksh1,775 for muriate of potash (MOP) to Ksh3,500 for di-ammonium phosphate (DAP), Ksh2,875 for calcium ammonium nitrate (CAN), and Ksh2,220 for sulfate of ammonia (SOA).
On Tuesday, September 13th, the president announced that the cost of fertilizer will be reduced from Ksh6,500 per 50kg bag to Ksh3,500.