A multi-billion-shilling fertiliser plant to meet specific soils and crops across the country has been launched in Uasin-Gishu County. The first project of its kind in Kenya, spearheaded by the Toyota Tsusho Fertiliser Plant, is set to bring down the cost of fertiliser production and price.
Deputy President William Ruto graced the ground breaking ceremony, at Ngeria grounds in Uasin-Gishu County Friday. Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, several MPs and Governors Jackson Mandago (Uasin-Gishu, Kenneth Lusaka (Bungoma) and Alex Tolgos (Elgeyo Marakwet) attended the function.
Chairman of Toyota Kenya, Dennis Awori said the modern plant is set to produce 150,000 tonnes annually. “We will have a manufacturing plant sensitive to soils and crops.”
Ruto said the Government is committed to the development of the agricultural sector. “As a Government we are focusing on agriculture because it is the backbone of our economy.
This is why we are initiating projects which can transform people’s lives,” he said. Ruto lauded the role played by the Japanese government in transforming the lives of Kenyans through various development projects.
Wamalwa commended the launch of the project saying: “Kenya Seed Company should also reduce the cost of seeds for more farmers to afford them.” Area MPs said the project is set solve the perennial shortage of fertilisers in the region.
“We are happy that this project has finally started. This will ensure availability and affordable fertilisers year round,” said Kapsaret MP Oscar Sudi. The initiation of the project was also hailed by MPs Kareke Mbiuki (Mara), Silas Tiren (Moiben), Wesley Korir (Cherangany), Jackson Kiptanui (Keiyo South) and Ferdinand Wanyonyi (Kwanza).