Pres. Ruto reduces fertilizer prices in bid to bring down cost of living

A maize farmer./COURTESY

50kg bag of fertilizer is expected to retail at sh.3,500 from the current sh.6,500 from next week.

This is one of the strategies by government to bring down cost of living.

While giving his maiden speech on Tuesday, President William Ruto said that the government’s priority intervention to bring down the cost of living was to make fertilizer, good quality seeds and other agricultural products affordable and available.

“For the short rains, we have already made arrangements to make 1.4 million bags of fertilizer available at sh.3,500 for a 50kg bag down from the current sh.6,500,” said the President.

The Head of State said the fertilizer will be available from next week.

“I appeal to County governments in Eastern, Central and Western regions where we are expecting short rains to work with us in making sure that this fertilizer is available to all farmers in that region so that we can begin the journey to increase our food production initiatives, ” said President Ruto.

“Additionally, to cushion tea farmers, we have made arrangements with KTDA to immediately supply tea farmers with fertilizers at sh.3,500 down from sh.5,600,” he added.

President Ruto said interventions are being put in place to ensure counties facing drought do not slip into the emergency stage.