Farmers in 12 counties to benefit from pilot fertilizer subsidy program
By Joshua Cheloti
The government is in the final stages of rolling out the piloting of the fertilizer subsidy program.
According to Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, the pilot phase of the program will target at least 12 counties.
Over 2.1 million farmers are being targeted in the program, said the second in command.
He made the revelations on January 20, 2023, when he presided over the official opening of a workshop on the program.
In a post on his verified Twitter handle, the DP said the workshop brought together government officials who will be directly involved in the management and distribution of the subsidized fertilizer to farmers.
“Today, I officially opened a sensitisation workshop of the phase one counties that will participate in the national fertilizer subsidy programme at the Kenya School of Government, Nairobi,” Gachagua said in one of the tweets.
“The workshop has representatives, including Deputy County Commissioners, CeCs for Agriculture and Cooperatives, and County Cooperative officers from the 12 initial counties who will ensure delivery of the subsidy program,” he added.
Further, the DP said the subsidy program is part of the Kenya Kwanza government’s bottom-up development agenda that aims at prioritizing the common mwananchi.
The second in command also said the subsidy program is a long-term plan of the government to address the high cost of basic food.
“This is in line with the Bottom-Up Economic Model, which will avail cheap fertilizer to farmers ahead of the long rains,” DP Gachagua said.
He also noted that “This action of the Kenya Kwanza Administration under H.E President @WilliamsRuto to subsidise agricultural production aims at bringing down the cost of living and making Kenya food secure.”
The fertilizer subsidy program is expected to be jointly executed by a multi-sectoral team that is made up of the Ministries of Interior, Agriculture, Treasury, Cooperatives and Industry.
They will work with respective counties.
The cabinet chaired by President William Ruto in November 2022 passed a resolution to provide farmers will subsidized fertilizer at a cost of Ksh3,500.
As part of the initiative, the government has been conducting nationwide registration of farmers.