Kenya is trying to combat corruption
The Ministry of Agriculture of Kenya allocated 2 billion shillings (almost 19.7 million dollars) for farmers to buy mineral fertilizers using electronic vouchers, thereby trying to curb corruption and offer them high-quality agrochemicals.
At the same time, the country’s government is extending the number of crops covered under the state subsidy program: in addition to corn, it now includes rice, coffee and Irish potatoes.
In accordance with the scheme proposed by the Ministry of Agriculture of Kenya, farmers will buy e-vouchers in the Agriculture offices in their counties, and then use them to purchase subsidized mineral fertilizers in agricultural stores.
This is how the government is trying to cope with the theft of mineral fertilizers after the scandal that broke out earlier with employees of the National Cereals and Produce Board, which sold state-subsidized agrochemicals to traders who later sold them to farmers at higher prices.
Source: Business Daily