Work begins on Sh103 billion fertiliser plant in Eldoret

 Protesting small scale farmers wait to collect bags of fertiliser at the National Cereals and Produce Board depot in Nakuru on March 10, 2014. The farmers have complained due to the delays in the supply of subsidised fertilisers. They say they are getting a raw deal from the National Cereals and Produce Board. PHOTO/SULEIMAN MBATIAH

Protesting small scale farmers wait to collect bags of fertiliser at the National Cereals and Produce Board depot in Nakuru on March 10, 2014. The first phase of the construction of a Sh103 billion fertiliser plant starts Friday in Eldoret in a move that is expected to bring down the cost of one of the key farm inputs. PHOTO/SULEIMAN MBATIAH  NATION

By NATION CORRESPONDENT

The first phase of the construction of a Sh103 billion fertiliser plant starts Friday in Eldoret in a move that is expected to bring down the cost of one of the key farm inputs.

The factory, funded through a public-private partnership between the government and Toyota Tsusho East Africa, is meant to streamline manufacturing, supply and distribution of the vital farming ingredient.

“We expect the cost of production to drastically reduce upon the completion of the local plant. It is estimated that 40 per cent of the cost of fertiliser is due to freight and port handling charges,” said the Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat acting director, Prof Gituro Wainaina.

The event will be attended by Deputy President William Ruto.

Uasin Gishu County Governor Jackson Mandago said the factory would solve the inconsistent supply of fertiliser and prohibitive cost for many farmers.
He said this might be the solution to food insecurity that threatens an estimated 10 million people.

On Wednesday, the principal secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Ms Sicily Kariuki, said farmers should expect to receive fertiliser for the short rains season by next month.

Ms Kariuki, who was speaking at Kilimo House, Nairobi, said procurement of the fertiliser was going on.

“Distribution of fertiliser has commenced from the last financial year. We are in the process of procuring additional fertiliser for the short rains season, which is again towards the mid-October,” she said.

Daily Nation

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