Ruto to lower fertilizer cost in one week, UNGA within a month
William Ruto on Unga and fertilizer cost reduce

After consulting with stakeholders involved, President-elect William Ruto said he will launch new fertilizer rates this week.

Speaking during an interdenominational ceremony of gratitude on Sunday in Meru, the president-elect claims that this will strengthen the agriculture industry, which he describes as the foundation of the country.

" We've met with people from the ministry of agriculture, and this week we'll reveal new fertilizer prices that we're lowering." 

The President-Elect declared, "We have begun a road of reforming the farm industry.

The announcement of lower Unga prices is still pending when the remark is made.

He stated, "I will announce to the cereal farmers the new fertilizer costs. Already I have had meetings with authorities from the Ministry of Agriculture so that we can work on the prices of Unga.

They currently pay Sh6,500 for fertilizers, but we will offer them new pricing so they can produce the agricultural products that will lower the cost of maize, he continued.

If elected, Ruto promised to keep his campaign promises to cut the cost of farm products. He had promised to reduce the cost of fertilizer from Sh6,000 to Sh2,500.

Ruto pledged that his ministry would reduce the price of agricultural inputs and dismantle the cartels and brokers that irritate farmers.

During the current growing season, the cost of planting fertilizer reached a peak of about Sh6,500, while the cost of CAN for top dressing ranged between Sh6,000 and Sh7,000 depending on the outlets and the cost of urea per 50 kg bag.

Several maize farmers criticized the government over the country's slow delivery of subsidised fertilizers.

They said that the dealers that offer agriculture supplies in the North Rift region exploited food farmers by raising prices as a result of the lack of fertilizers.

Farmers claim that most farmers did not take advantage of the fertilizer subsidies provided by the Ministry of Agriculture in June, forcing them to grow their crops with insufficient inputs, which could reduce output at the end of the growing season later in the year.

Following numerous surges in fertilizer prices linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, limited efforts in nations like China, Russia, and Turkey to protect their farmers, combined with heavy consumption demand from India, Brazil, and the USA buying up large quantities, the use of fertilizers in agricultural productivity is now threatened. This has led to a reduction in the amount of fertilizer that can be found globally.

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