Is 50 kilo bag of fertiliser available to farmers at Sh1,800?
“…. We have progressively enhanced fertiliser subsidy and seed subsidy, from Sh6000 in 2008. Today fertiliser is available to farmers at Sh1,800.”
- Deputy President William Ruto at the launch of the Jubilee manifesto on June 27
Currently, the price of a 50 kilogram bag of fertiliser depends on whether it is subsidised by the government or not. Two of the most used fertilisers in maize farming are di-ammonium phosphate (DAP) which is used during planting, and calcium ammonium nitrate (CAN), which is applied as top dressing, or on the surface of the soil after the plants have emerged.
At market rates, a bag of DAP costs upwards of Sh3,000. For example, a survey around agricultural and veterinary shops on Nairobi’s Haile Selassie Avenue found DAP costing between Sh3,200 to Sh3,600 per 50kg bag, while calcium ammonium nitrate cost between Sh2,250 and Sh2,700.
COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICERS
According to Prof Paul Kimurto of Egerton University, farmers are allowed to obtain subsidised fertiliser from depots of the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) after county extension officers have verified their acreage.