Fertilizer Usage Per Hectare in 2012.
With an average use of 44kg of fertilizer per hectare in 2012. In contrast, South Africa was at 62kg, India 164kg & Brazil at 182kg.
11 major fertilizer imports account for 95% of 500,000T imports. 90% of fertilizer is imported with 10% being blended locally.
(Source: Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook, World Bank, page 16, Figure 1.4)
70% use fertilizer and 30% use certified seeds.
Kenya’s agriculture is predominantly smallholder farmers accounting to 3.5 million.
Maize production in Kenya is 1.6MT/Ha.
The global average is 6MT/ha.
Agricultural inputs supply is mostly driven by private sector, though in fertilizer, Government imports and distributes at subsidized prices.
Agricultural inputs are only available in high agricultural potential areas and to large scale commercial farmers.
Inadequate flow of information on products’ use and benefits through the trade chain.
Weak enforcement of inputs quality standards has led to proliferation of substandard products and counterfeits.
Lack of adequate financial capacity of traders to sufficiently stock for the peak periods.
Low farm productivity is calling for adoption of new technologies and innovations.
Growing urban population is increasing the demand for agricultural produce
Increasing farmer education and discernment leading to demand for quality inputs.
Climate change impact and land fragmentation is driving the need for more effective agricultural inputs
Adoption of innovative trade inventory management systems
Enable commercialization of climate smart products and climate resilient agricultural inputs
Promote availability of affordable financial products for smallholder farmers and rural agro-dealers
Adoption of innovative ways to pass on appropriate information across the supply chain
Adoption of ICT, improved marketing and customer service practices across agricultural inputs’ trade
Advocate change of agricultural inputs packaging material taxation legislation to lower inputs prices
Promote enforcement of agricultural inputs quality control to reduce substandard products and counterfeits
30% of trained agro dealers adopt improved business & customer management practices. Impact over 2,000 agro dealers in the next 5 years.
Large companies investing in improved distribution and farmer support. Service Providers make own investments to commercialize their services.
Over 2 million farmers increase their maize yields from 1.6mt/ha to 3mt/ha.
Over 2.45 million farmers will be using quality inputs in 10 years. Over 3 million farmers will have improved access to inputs, usage & performance.
35 large scale market actors adapt new ways of training and dissemination of information across the supply chain.