DP Rigathi Gachagua flags off subsidized fertilizers to the country

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua.
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Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has today, Thursday, September 22, 2022, flagged off a consignment of subsidized fertilizer to various parts of the country.

Following deputy President Rigathi Gachagua’s press release on flagging off of fertilizer subsidy at his office in Harambee Annex, Nairobi, farmers have been urged to visit the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCBP) depots to get the subsidized fertilizer at a reduced cost.

According to Gachagua, the government is devoted to encouraging sustainable agricultural development from a subsistence to a commercially and internationally competitive industry.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua during a presser where he flagged off a consignment of subsidized fertilizer to various parts of the country. The event was held on Thursday, September 22, 2022, at his Harambee Annex office. [PHOTO/Courtesy]

He added that agriculture is a preamble to the country’s economy, revenue distribution as well as providing raw materials to the local and international industries.

“The government has prioritized agriculture as one of the pillars of our economic recovery plan, alongside healthcare and MSMEs development among others.”

“As a government, we are focused on increasing agricultural productivity which will eventually lead to increased supply and eventually lower food prices due to forces of supply and demand,” he said.

Following the tendency of the country’s dependability on imported goods, Gachagua has framed it to be the key reason that has resulted in the ongoing drought in the arid and semi-arid lands.

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He further reaffirmed to Kenyans that the government is engaging in a series of talks with other stakeholders and partners to ensure they are providing qualified inputs.

“The government has commenced consultations with key actors and stakeholders to ensure quality, affordable and accessible fertilizer will be available to all farmers,” he stated.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, farmers can get a 50kg bag of listed fertilizers at various prices.

The Ministry further indicated that individual farmers will be entitled to a maximum of 100- 50Kg bags.

DAP fertilizer will be sold at Sh3,500, CAN Sh2,875, UREA Sh3,500, NPK Sh3,275, MOP Sh1775, Sulphate of Ammonia Sh2,220.

Read also: Ruto Actualizes The Fertilizers Promise For Farmers.

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