Small tea farmers pays 2,600 shillings for a bag of fertilizer, down from the unique worth of three,000 shillings.
Yesterday, Cupboard Secretary of Agriculture Peter Munya mentioned the federal government had given a subsidy of 1 billion shillings to cut back fertilizer costs by 400 shillings per 50 kilogram bag.
He famous that the previous board of the Kenya Tea Growth Company (KTDA) inflated the value after ordering the product from Romania at a excessive price.
Munya spoke on the port of Mombasa the place he reported the transport of 65,000 tons of fertilizer price 3 billion shillings by the Normal Gauge Railway (SGR).
“We wish to make it possible for the fertilizer is obtainable to the farmers. We wish to cut back the price of rising tea and be certain that the farmer who is crucial within the worth chain advantages, ”mentioned Munya.
The imported fertilizer represents 1.5 million luggage and can be equipped to farmers throughout the nation.
Munya mentioned the fertilizer can be distributed by truck from Nairobi and can attain all focused farmers by September 15.
The CS mentioned that though there may be nonetheless a 20 p.c fertilizer shortfall, the federal government plans to buy them domestically and can push native manufacturing to decrease costs additional sooner or later.
“KTDA warehouses might want to cut back storage prices to cut back logistics prices incurred by farmers,” he mentioned.
The SC was joined by the brand new administrators of KTDA together with Chairman of the Board David Ichoho, Vice Chairman Wesley Koech, Basic Supervisor of Kenya Ports Authority Enterprise Companies Edward Kamau, amongst others.
Munya mentioned that because of current reforms within the tea sector, the absorption of the product available in the market has elevated.
In line with Munya, tea growers are completely happy after the (minimal) reserve worth drops from $ 1.9 (Sh207) to round $ 2.43 (Sh265) per kilo.
“I used to be known as a communist after I launched reforms within the tea sub-sector, however now there is a rise in the usage of tea available in the market,” Munya mentioned, including that he ought to there be honest compensation for all actors within the worth chain.
Ichoho mentioned greater than 400,000 luggage of fertilizer have but to be bought, however can be bought domestically and equipped to areas that haven’t obtained them.
He suggested farmers to make good use of the fertilizer as an alternative of promoting it.
The brand new board mentioned its intention was to make sure that farmers had been paid by means of the value reserve coverage which resulted in a rise within the worth of tea.
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