Reprieve For Farmers As Govt Sets Aside Ksh5.7 Billion For Fertiliser Subsidies

April 1, 2022
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Reprieve For Farmers As Govt Sets Aside Ksh5.7 Billion For Fertiliser Subsidies
Agriculture CS Peter Munya/ FILE
Reprieve For Farmers As Govt Sets Aside Ksh5.7 Billion For Fertiliser Subsidies
Agriculture CS Peter Munya/ FILE
The government has set aside Ksh5.7 billion to subsidize fertiliser for farmers following the spike in prices.

In a statement on Friday, Agriculture CS Peter Munya said fertiliser prices have risen to levels that affected both large and small-scale farmers in the last year.

The rise in fertiliser prices is due to producer countries such as China, Russia and Turkey restricting exports to protect their farmers compounded by heavy consumption demand from India, Brazil and USA buying up large quantities, hence reducing available global supplies, he said.

“This increased buying of fertiliser has also led to competition for shipping thus increasing the rates for bulk and container cargo to high levels,” Munya said.

Last year at this time, a 50kg bag of DAP fertilizer was retailing at Ksh3,200; now the price is Ksh6,000.

The amount set aside will subsidize 114,000 metric tonnes (2,280,000 x 50kg bags) for farmers growing food crops.

These quantities will support the cultivation of 1.13 million acres.

The proposed subsidized price of DAP is Ksh2,800 for a 50kg bag; Ksh1,950 for CAN; Ksh2,700 for UREA; Ksh3,000 for NPK; Ksh2,500 for MOP and Ksh2,500 for Sulphate of Ammonia.

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