NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s ministry of agriculture is banking on
streamlined fertilizer production and supply chains to boost
food production at small-holder level, officials said on
cabinet secretary for agriculture, livestock and fisheries, said
that new regulations to govern the fertilizer industry in Kenya
are in the works to ensure the commodity reaches small-holder
farmers grappling with declining soil health.
“The government is
partnering with fertilizer manufacturers to enhance seamless
supply of the commodity to small-scale farmers dealing with the
challenge of poor soil health that has affected food
production,” said Kiunjuri.
He spoke in Nairobi
during a national fertilizer conference whose theme was
increasing agricultural productivity through improved access and
use of quality fertilizers.
the two-day forum who include policymakers, industry executives
and representatives of farmers’ groups are expected to come up
with robust action plans to revamp fertilizer production in
Kiunjuri noted that
rollout of subsidies, recruitment of extension workers and
farmer education have boosted fertilizer use while having a
positive impact on food and nutrition security in the country.
subsidies have lowered the cost of critical farm inputs like
fertilizers that are central to realization of adequate
production of staples like maize, wheat and rice,” said Kiunjuri.
“We have also
intensified crackdown on sub-standard fertilizer that poses a
threat to health of farmers and consumers of agricultural
produce,” he added.
Kenya ranks among
the four African countries where fertilizer use is high thanks
to a shift to mechanized agriculture that promise food security
and improved export earnings.