President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to preside over the commissioning of a multibillion-shilling fertiliser factory in Eldoret this week.
Toyota Tsusho fertiliser factory, the Sh103 billion fertiliser plant, first of its kind in Africa, will manufacture 150,000 tonnes of subsidised fertiliser annually.
Toyota Tsusho Fertiliser Africa Ltd CEO Akira Wada said the factory will start operating immediately after the commissioning on Thursday.
“Africa’s new factory is expected to provide balanced soil and crop-specific fertilisers to the Kenyan market. This will boost yield significantly and subsequently lower the cost of production,” said Mr Wada.
According to Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett, the factory is expected to save the country Sh6 billion annually in foreign exchange spent on imported fertiliser, which will help farmers to lower the cost of production and attain food security.
According to the CS, agriculture requires 650,000 tonnes of fertiliser yearly.
“In the past, farmers used to be given uniform fertiliser, which affects yields. From this factory, we will blend the input and micro-nutrients will be added,” added the CS
Local establishment of the plant also means that the farmer gets fertiliser at a reduces price.