Reprieve for taxpayers, farmers as country set to commence production of cheaper fertilizer

Kenya is set to commence production of cheaper fertilizer at the end of this month, a move that is set to be a boon for both farmers and taxpayers.

As part of the drive, a Sh120 billion plant based in Eldoret is expected to produce 150,000 metric tonnes of fertilizer.

Once the project succeeds, taxpayers will no longer be burdened based on the latest data from the Auditor General, which revealed that the country pays close to Sh350 million to ghost fertilizer companies annually.

Furthermore, farmers, especially those from the North Rift Region and Western region, will have access to cheaper fertilizer beginning in next planting season, a move that would further boost their production output per unit area.

Toyota Tsusho East Africa Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Akira Wada, confirmed earlier this month when he hosted Uasin Gishu Governor Mondago that the firm will commence its operations before the end of this month.

“Farmers will be buying fertilizer at a fairly cheaper price compare to what they were used to. We are doing this to ensure that we as a country play a major role to ensure production of enough food thus kicking hunger out of the nation,” said Wada.

Maize farmers have, in the recent past, faced difficulties during the planting season while dealing with unscrupulous brokers. It has emerged that these middlemen buy fertilizers at a retail price then sell it back to farmers at more expensive prices, a move that has been deterring small-scale growers from accessing fertilizer.

“We are sold fertilizer at over Sh3500 per 50 kg bag which they buy from the NCPB at as low as Sh1,800. The same brokers further charge us transportation fee,” an unnamed small-scale farmer told the X-News business desk.

The new Eldoret plant comes at an opportune time when the state seeks to ensure that farmers across the country benefit from reliable sources of fertilizer while creating employment opportunities for the youth.

 

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