The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Co-operatives has introduced new sponsored fertilizer costs after the federal government availed a Sh3.5billion fertilizer subsidy.
This follows a directive by President William Ruto for the ministry to avail 1.4million baggage of fertilizer to farmers at a sponsored worth of a most of Sh3,500 per 50Kg bag from the present worth of Sh6,500 to fight the high-cost producers within the farming sector incur.
The brand new fertilizer costs that are efficient September 19 can be first availed to farmers in areas experiencing the brief rains.
“To actualize the Presidential directive, the sponsored fertilizer programme will begin with counties endeavor planting throughout the brief rains season of 2022. The Authorities has availed the funds to subsidize 71,000 Mt of fertilizer for rising meals crops throughout the brief rains season,” mentioned Francis Owino, Ag. Principal Secretary State Division for Crop Growth & Agri. Analysis.
Entry to fertilizer has been a outstanding menace to farmers, with its costs spiking occasioned by international phenomena such because the Covid-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine battle.
In latest instances, fertilizer costs hiked to a degree that affected each small-scale and large-scale farmers thus threatening meals and vitamin safety within the nation which had ripple results on agricultural manufacturing within the nation.
The relevant sponsored fertilizer costs can be per 50Kg bag of fertilizer retailing from Sh1,775 to a most value of Sh3,500. A bag of 50Kg of Di-Ammonium Phosphate (DAP) will value a farmer Sh3500, Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN) Sh2,875 and a 50Kg bag of UREA will go for Sh3,500.
Furthermore, a 50 Kg bag of NPK, MOP and Sulphate of Ammonia will value a farmer Sh3,275, Sh1,775 and Sh2,220 respectively. The fertilizers may be accessed through the Nationwide Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) depots and sub-depots countrywide and farmers can buy as much as 100 baggage of the 50kg baggage of fertilizers.
“The Ministry appeals to farmers requiring fertilizers within the brief rains dependent areas to go to the closest NCPD depot or sub-depot to entry sponsored fertilizer,” mentioned Owino.
SOURCE: Capital enterprise