No more fertiliser imports, says DP

Kenya will no longer import fertiliser by the end of the year once the Eldoret Fertiliser Plant rolls out production, Deputy President William Ruto has said.

Mr Ruto said the Government is impressed at the pace of construction work of Kenya’s first fertiliser factory.

Deputy President William Rutpo in talks with Toyota Kenya chairman Dennis Awori at his Harambee House Annex office in Nairobi 29 April, 2016.

Deputy President William Ruto in talks with Toyota Kenya chairman Dennis Awori at his Harambee House Annex office in Nairobi 29 April, 2016. 

He said the completion of the factory will see farmers access the commodity at low cost and that it will meet soil and crop needs.

“We are impressed at the good progress being witnessed in the construction of the factory.

“We are optimistic that by the end of this year, we will no longer import fertiliser,” said Mr Ruto when he met Toyota Kenya officials at his Harambee House Annex office, Nairobi 29 April, 2016.

“We will have a manufacturing plant that will be sensitive to soils and crops. This means we will have fertilisers whose soil survey has been done.”

The chairman of Toyota Kenya Dennis Awori and Chief Executive Officer, Fertiliser Factory Akira Wada said they were doing everything possible to meet the August completion deadline.

“We are doing everything possible to ensure the factory that will meet the specific soils and crop conditions across the country is operational by August this year,” said Mr Awori.

He said Toyota Tsusho, the company charged with construction work, is committed to producing a well-balanced NPK blending fertiliser with micro nutrients matching crop and soil conditions.

“Our installed equipment is the most advanced fertiliser blending equipment in the industry, capable of precision weighting, blending and micronutrient coating,” said Mr Awori.

The Deputy President said the Government was committed to the development of the agricultural sector, which is the backbone of the country’s economy, noting that the factory will greatly improve production.

“We are putting more priority in the agricultural sector because it is the backbone of our economy. This is why we are initiating projects which can transform the lives of the people,” said Mr Ruto.