The Kenya Farmers Association is urging President Uhuru Kenyatta's administration to intervene as Kenyans face an impending food crisis as a result of high fertiliser costs.
The Kenya Farmers Association, KFA Director, Kipkorir Menjo, said today, Monday, on a popular TV program that many farmers are now concentrating primarily on cultivating maize for consumption rather than commercial purposes, which he warned could be dangerous for many Kenyans.
For the record, the situation is terrible, and if President Uhuru Kenyatta continues mute, it will spiral out of control because, according to his poll, "the majority of farmers are in serious crisis and cannot afford to buy fertiliser in huge quantities," he stated.
They reported that DAP fertiliser for planting costs an average of Sh 6, 000 per 50kg bag, which he claims is out of reach for many farmers.
During the interview, Kipkorir Menjo presented an open letter written by hundreds of farmers to President Uhuru Kenyatta, appealing with him to come to their rescue by setting aside money for subsidies promised by Deputy President William Samoei Arap Ruto but never delivered.
" The right time has come for the President Uhuru Kenyatta' s administration to rethink most of its policies for the agriculture sector, failing which we are headed to a major food crisis in the near future. The money for subsidies is not much if you compare it with the cost of importing maize if production drops. " Menjo said.
This comes as Agriculture Cabinet Secretary, CS Peter Munya has indicated that more than Sh32 billion is required for the subsidies to help reduce fertiliser prices.
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