Kenyans are still waiting in bated breath for the execution of President Ruto’s executive orders on the lowering of fertilizers that would in turn lower the price of maize flour.
According to the statement he made during his inauguration,the fertilizer price would drastically reduce from 6,500 to 3,500 in two weeks.
He attributed the high cost of fertilizer to the high cost of flour.
Due to the high costs of production(fertilizer prices), maize farmers had to factor in the costs during the sale of maize.
Maize farmers have warned the president of dictating the maize market rates by reason of subsidized fertilizers.
Maize growers have in fact insisted that the government buys 90 kg bags of maize at 5000 Kenyan shillings.
With the harvest season nearing the maize farmers stated that the subsidies announced had absolutely no effect on the costs they incurred. This is because the subsidy was only announced recently.
The maize growers have argued during planting they bought the fertilizers at ridiculously high prices of 6.500 shillings.
Even so, the farmers' representative congratulated Ruto for the move. He stated that the reduced fertilizer prices would incentivize farmers who had shifted to other crops to go back to maize farming.
This way the supply would be stable enough to cater to the growing demand.
Currently, the price of maize flour stands at 200-220 from an initial price of 100-130. During the campaigns, President Ruto promised that he would reduce maize flour to 70 shillings.
President Ruto rejected the subsidy program that was put in place by former president Uhuru Kenyatta. He stated that the subsidies would only increase the taxpayer burden while benefiting a few individuals. He termed it as unsustainable.
Due to the high cost of production again, many farmers ditched maize farming. Flour Millers, therefore, resulted in importing maize from Tanzania.
Tanzania, however,froze the issuance of export permits for Kenyan traders thus worsening the already dire situation.
Tanzania restricted exports to protect the remaining stock for its citizens following poor harvests.