Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua on Thursday, 22nd September flagged off a consignment of 426,000 bags of subsidised fertiliser to various parts of the country.
The fertilisers have been channelled to the South Rift, Northern, Nairobi, Eastern and Coast regions that will be experiencing short rains in October and December.
Speaking during the exercise at the Harambee House Annex in Nairobi, DP Gachagua said that the government had already released Ksh3.55 billion for the fertilizer subsidy kitty.
“To set the pace for the implementation of the fertilizer subsidy programme, the national treasury has already availed Ksh.3.55 billion,” he said.
He said the bags are part of 1.4 million which President William Ruto promised farmers during his inaugural speech on 13th September.
Farmers have been urged to visit the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCBP) depots to get the subsidized fertilizer at a reduced cost.
Under the subsidy, a bag of 50Kg of Di-Ammonium Phosphate (DAP) will cost a farmer Ksh3,500, Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN) Ksh2,875 and a 50Kg bag of UREA will go for Ksh3,500.
A 50 Kg bag of NPK, MOP and Sulphate of Ammonia will cost a farmer Ksh3,275, Ksh1,775 and Ksh2,220 respectively.