Researchers want use of synthetic fertilizer curtailed


Farmers to access subsidized fertilizer using an e-fertilizer voucher

A section of agricultural researchers want the government to put in place policies that will help reduce the use of synthetic fertilizer claiming harmful fertilizers which had been banned 30 years ago are now finding their way into the market.

They are proposing that the government reduces the budget for the subsidized fertilizer programme and redirects the funding to promotion of the use of organic fertilizer.

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Research by Biovision Africa Trust indicates that the health cost attributed to the use of pesticides by small scale farmers could reach 900 billion shillings in a year’s time if excessive use of synthetic pesticide is not checked.

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It is estimated that on average 3.5 kilos of pesticides is applied on crops by each farmer in sub Sahara Africa each year.

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To this end agriculture scientists are calling on the government to scale down the budget for the subsidized fertilizer programme and focus on encouraging farmers to use organic manure.

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The researchers claim that some synthetic fertilizer whose use was banned 30 years ago are finding their way into the market.

Farmers who use organic fertilizer will earn more from international markets where organic produce are sold at a premium rate.



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