The Star (Nairobi)

14 July 2014

Kenya: Tea, Coffee Farmers to Get Cheap Fertiliser

Tea, sugarcane and coffee farmers will from this year benefit from the government subsidised fertiliser.

Agriculture Secretary Felix Koskei said his ministry has worked to ensure the farmers are no longer exploited by middlemen and fertiliser dealers.

He said for the country to achieve its goals in producing enough food, his ministry will ensure the cost of producing food and other crops is reduced.

Speaking in Kapsabet town on Saturday, Koskei said the building of a fertiliser manufacturing factory in Eldoret is at an advanced stage and will be commissioned soon.

He said 500,000 bags of assorted fertiliser are already in stock and his ministry plans to make available the consignment for the next planting season by September.

"We don't want to hear complaints at the onset of the next planting season and we have decided to make available the fertiliser on time. Farmers will buy at Sh2,000 per 50kg bag," Koskei said.

He said the nation is food secure and there is no cause for alarm.

Koskei said by September, 30 million bags of maize will have been stocked and Kenyan will have 70,000 bags surplus.

He said two million bags of the maize will be harvested in Nandi county this year.

Koskei said the government is building three major hydrogen liquid plants in the country to enhance the storage of high breed dairy cattle semen.

"As the country gears up as a leading dairy producer in the continent, the government will construct a hydrogen liquid plant in Eldoret, Nyandarua and Meru to support the turning around of our livestock industry," he said.

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