Fertiliser Crisis Looms in Kenya on KSh5.7bn Subsidy Row

Kenyan Members of Parliament want President Uhuru Kenyatta to order the reinstatement of a KSh5.7 billion fertiliser subsidy that the Treasury has removed from the supplementary budget.

The legislators have threatened to paralyse the passage of the KSh138 billion mini-budget if the fertiliser subsidy is not reinstated by Tuesday next week.

The National Assembly’s Agriculture Committee said the Treasury had removed the entire amount that was meant to cushion farmers from the skyrocketing prices of fertiliser.

The committee said despite reallocating the budgetary requests for the Ministry of Agriculture to secure the KSh5.734 billion subsidy, the Treasury had gone ahead and transferred the money to the security docket.

“The committee had allocated KSh5.7 billion for fertiliser subsidy. But we are shocked that there is no single shilling allocated in the Supplementary Budget I,” Silas Tiren, who chairs the committee, said.

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