The Russian Embassy in Kenya has clarified reports of President William Ruto’s administration selling donated fertilizers as part of a subsidy.
In a statement on Friday, September 23, the Embassy flagged the reports making rounds on social media as fake.
According to the Russian Embassy, users should verify information on Russia fertilizers in Kenya on official media platforms of the embassy.
“Many fakes on Russian fertilizers are circulating in local social media. The Embassy of the Russian Federation hereby requests all users to verify information on fertilizers in Kenya on official media resources of the Embassy,” the embassy stated.
This comes after Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua flagged off a consignment of 426,000 bags of subsidized DAP fertilizer on Thursday, September 22, at his office.
According to the DP, the subsidized fertilizer was one way they would tackle the high cost of food prices in the long term.
"To address high food prices we must begin with the farmer. Providing affordable farm inputs through a subsidy programme is a strategic intervention that will put the country on the right path. Flagged off a consignment of 426,000 bags of DAP fertilizer for farmers across Kenya," Gachagua stated.
During his inauguration, President William Ruto said that his government will lower fertilizer prices to Sh3,500 down from Sh6,000 per 50kg bag.