25 February 2014

Kenya: Farmers Buy Fertiliser After Cut in Prices

Farmers in the Rift Valley have began buying fertiliser for this year's planting season following the government's move to reduce prices at the National Cereals and Produce Board.

The farmers have welcomed President Uhuru's move to cut down the fertiliser prices.

Speaking to teh Star in Eldoret town on Sunday, Kenya National Farmers Union North Rift chairman Musa Barno said the move will help farmers increase food production this year, especially maize production, which has been on the decline.

"We appreciate the move by the President because it has been our wish that costs of farm inputs like fertiliser should be lowered so that we cut down on costs of production," he said.

Uhuru last week said fertiliser prices will be reduced. Speaking on the phone, Uhuru's political adviser Joshua Kutuny said reduction of fertiliser prices will boost food production.

"The reducing of costs of farm inputs is among the pledges which the President and Deputy President made during the election campaigns. It is good they have followed through to implement the same," he said.

The NCPB has been instructed to ensure that the fertiliser is distributed to all parts of the country so that farmers can easily access it.

"We now want farmers to take advantage of the new prices and increase acreage of land under which they grow maize. That will make Kenya food secure," Kutunyi said.

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