Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linturi has revealed that prices for fertilizers will drop from Ksh. 3,500 to Ksh. 2,500 per bag.
While speaking in Makueni on Saturday, July 29, the CS said the drop in prices is part of government efforts to increase food production.
The CS further urged Kenyans to take advantage of the low cost of fertilizer to increase food production.
“Kile kitamaliza ni kuandamana na panga na jembe kulima na kupanda chakula, that is the only way to bring down the cos of food.” Linturi stated.
Losely translating to “The only way to bring down the cost of food is to go to the farm to plough and plant produce.”
Likewise, CS Linturi called on Kenyans to produce their own food.
“Lazima uzalishe chakula ujilishe mwenyewe, ukitegemea chakula ya kupewa kila wakati hautaweza kushiba.”
He said President William Ruto’s administration is committed to lowering the cost of living by supporting production.
Moreover, Linturi took a swipe at Azimio la Umoja One Coalition leaders for the protests, saying demonstrations cannot lower the cost of living.
Linturi reported that more than three million bags of fertilizer had been distributed countrywide.
The CS said the cost of living would soon ease following the government’s heavy investment in food production.
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Nonetheless, CS Linturi made these remarks as he distributed government-subsidized fertilizer in Makueni County on Saturday, July 29.
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While speaking in Likoni on Sunday, July 30, President William Ruto affirmed that he has reduced the prices of fertilizer from Ksh 7000 to Ks. 3500.
He added that the prices will further drop to Ksh 2500 as from next week.
“Nimesajili wakulima million tan, nimewapatia mbolea, ile mbolea walikua wanalipa shilingi elfu saba mimi nimepunguza mpaka 3500 na kwania wiki ijayo, nitapunguza tena ikuje 2500.” He stated.
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Furthermore, the Head of State said he already has plans to lower the cost of living, noting that he has already issued fertilizers to farmers who will produce enough food in the next two months.
He also slammed the opposition for organizing demonstrations that lead to the destruction of property, adding that he will not allow anymore protests in the country.