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 in 2017.

“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.

Most small-scale 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 growth.

“This has necessitated the government to intervene in order to boost agricultural output,” he said. Enditem


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