Govt Sets Conditions for Kenyans Who Want Cheap Fertilizer; Here Is the Process

  • An image of an NCPB employee handling fertiliser in a warehouse in 2021.
    An image of an NCPB employee handling fertiliser in a warehouse in 2021.
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  • The Ministry of Agriculture has announced that subsidised fertiliser is now available across the county following a directive given by President William Ruto during his inauguration.

    In a statement by the ministry, it was revealed that the fertiliser - being sold at Ksh3,500 has been availed in various National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) depots.

    Further, farmers were called upon to visit the cereal warehouse to purchase the farm inputs.

    President William Ruto reads his speech at Kasarani Stadium after being sworn-in as Kenya's fifth president on Tuesday, September 13, 2022
    President William Ruto reads his speech at Kasarani Stadium after being sworn-in as Kenya's fifth president on Tuesday, September 13, 2022

    However, due to high demand, the government has capped the number of bags of subsidised fertiliser a farmer will be allowed to buy.

    "We appeal to farmers to visit NCPB depot or sub-depot, where a 50 kg bag of DAP will sell at Ksh3,500,  CAN at Ksh2,875, UREA at Ksh3,500, NPK at Ksh 3,275, MOP Ksh1,775 and Sulphate of Ammonia at Ksh 2,220.

    "Individual farmers will be entitled to a maximum of 100- 50Kg bags of fertilizer," read the statement in part.

    How to Buy

    Additionally, for one to buy the fertiliser from the NCPB depot, they will have to be registered first.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, an official from the ministry indicated that farmers were being registered at the county level for their names to be submitted to the depots.

    "The registration is done at the county level and sent to NCPB for the farmers to access the fertiliser," Edwin Oseko stated.

    It was explained that the move will help manage the distribution of fertiliser at the grassroots to ensure no one takes advantage of the process.

    Farmers in parts of the country are currently planting with many taking advantage of the short rains.

    The announcement by the ministry comes days after it announced that it had received Ksh3.5 billion to facilitate the purchase of the fertiliser which had skyrocketed to Ksh6,000 per 50kg bag.

    There are concerns that the government could be targeting large scale farmers with the subsidy, leaving millions who practice subsistence farming.

    Maize silos and driers at the Eldoret National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) depot.
    Maize silos and driers at the Eldoret National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) depot.
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