By George Munene
The Government has availed Ksh 3.55 Billion, to subsidize 1.42 million 50 kg bags (71,000 Mt) of fertilizer at a maximum price of Sh3,500 per 50kg bag down from Sh6,500, for growing food crops during the coming short rains season.
The fertilizers will be availed through the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) Depots and Sub-depots country-wide, effective 19th September 2022.
Individual farmers will be entitled to a maximum of 100 50-kilogram bags of fertilizer.
The Ministry of Agriculture is appealing to farmers to visit the nearest NCPB depot or sub-depot, where a 50 kg bag of DAP will sell at Ksh3,500, CAN at Ksh 2,875, UREA at Ksh 3,500, NPK at Ksh 3,275, MOP Ksh 1,775 and Sulphate of Ammonia at Ksh 2,220.
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This follows a directive by President William Ruto in his inauguration Speech on Tuesday 13th September 2022 where he directed that 1.4 million bags of fertilizer be availed to farmers as part of the Government’s interventions to address the high cost of living.
The fertiliser will be disbursed through NCPB depots to ensure efficient delivery and effective control mechanisms said Crops Development and Agricultural Research PS Francis Owino.