Kenyan Government to Subsidize Fertilizer for Food Security

NAIROBI, Kenya – The Kenya Kwanza government announced its commitment to continue subsidizing production to ensure food security nationwide, according to Principal Secretary (PS) Kello Harsama, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries (MoALD) representative.

Harsama announced a high-level committee meeting held earlier this week to discuss the distribution of subsidized fertilizers to several Kenyan counties, including Vihiga, Kisii, Bungoma, Busia, Nyamira, and Kakamega.

“The focus is to ensure that the fertilizers reach the intended beneficiaries promptly and efficiently,” Harsama stated in his Twitter thread. The subsidized fertilizer program’s launch is set to begin in Vihiga County tomorrow.

The committee meeting included notable attendees such as the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Secretary-General Cleophas Malala, Kitutu Chache MP Hon Nyakundi Japhet, and National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) Managing Director Joseph Kimote, among other top government officials.

The initiative forms part of the broader agenda by the Kenya Kwanza government to address food security issues, particularly amid climatic challenges that in the past affected agricultural productivity. The move is expected to boost crop production, stabilizing food prices and availability and ultimately safeguarding the livelihoods of Kenyan citizens.