Farmers now have cause to smile after reports that the government is in talks with Japanese companies to build a fertiliser manufacturing factory in the country. We welcome the move since when it is completed the farmers will have continuous supply of the commodity. Currently, farmers have had to rely on subsidised fertiliser imports whose supply has been irregular. Kenya is facing a shortage of 7.4 million bags of maize, which has been blamed on the late delivery of subsidised fertiliser last year. Now the government has to import the commodity every two months to ensure sustained supply. With its own manufacturing factory, the farming community will be assured of regular supply of the vital plant nutrient. We urge the government to hasten the project and help boost the country's food security.
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