The cabinet secretary for agriculture Mithika Llinturi, on Wednesday received a consignment from Russia containing 34,400 metric tons of powdered fertilizer.
Speaking at the Mombasa Port, Linturi reaffirmed the government’s commitment to subsidize farmers’ production costs. According to the CS, 50kg bags of subsidized fertilizer will soon cost Sh3,500/
Linturi who was accompanied by Russian Ambassador to Kenya Dmitry Maksimychev, representatives from the Kenya National Trading Corporation and Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) officials stated that farmers bear about 30% of the cost of production.
“This is a great step towards addressing the cost of production to our farmers. The Kenyan Kwanza government is committed to lowering production costs,” said Linturi.
“We are committed as a government to ensure that a bag of fertilizer will cost not more than Sh3,500.”
The donation included NPK, urea, and potash.
According to the CS, the fertilizer will be utilized as a raw material and combined to create additional fertilizers.
The implementation by the ministry of Agriculture comes following the directive by the president on the provision of subsidized fertilizer to farmers across the country.