NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to enhance its fertilizer subsidy program to boost
food security, a senior government official said on Wednesday.
Willy Bett, cabinet
secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, told journalists in
Nairobi the government will distribute about 600,000 tons of
fertilizer to small-scale farmers in 2018, up from 531,000 tons
“We want to boost
food security through increasing access to fertilizer which is a
key agricultural input,” Bett said.
He said that the
government has allocated 48 million U.S. dollars for the
fertilizer program in the 2018/19 financial year. Bett said that
fertilizer program is one of the interventions that will help
Kenya achieve food self sufficiency.
Bett added that the
subsidy program targets small-scale farmers who produce the bulk
of food consumed in the country.
farmers are facing low farm productivity as the cost of
fertilizer is beyond their reach, Bett said, noting that food
production has not been keeping pace with the rapid population
necessitated the government to intervene in order to boost
agricultural output,” he said.