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Government suspends KEL Chemicals operations and announces seizure of its fertilizer products

The government has completed testing on all fertilizers being distributed under subsidy programme and confirms to the public and farmers that all fertilizers being distributed meet the required quality.

A statement from the Ministry of Agriculture indicates that however, those manufactured and distributed by KEL Chemicals branded Kelphos Plus, Kelphos gold and NPK 10:26:10 did not meet all required test parameters.

The affected consignment was distributed by KEL Chemical fertilizers between 5th and 10th March 2024.

“Following release of test results by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), the government has taken decisive action to safeguard the agricultural sector and farmers by announcing the immediate suspension of KEL Chemicals’ operations and seizure of its fertilizer products,” read the statement in part.

It further indicated that the government has further seized and impounded all fertilizer stocks distributed by KEL Chemicals at the National Cereals Produce Board (NCPB) facilities. This step is essential to control and mitigate any adverse effects on agricultural practices.

“The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development strongly advises farmers who have acquired or possess fertilizer from KEL Chemicals to immediately discontinue its use and to visit their nearest NCPB facility for further guidance,” highlighted the statement.

The statement explained that in line with ensuring public safety and maintaining quality standards, KEBS has initiated legal action as per the Standards Act Cap 496against KEL Chemicals for distributing substandard products.

“This measure underscores the government’s commitment to upholding stringent product quality and safety standards, ensuring accountability and safeguarding the agricultural sector and the wider public,” read the statement.

It further stated that the government remains committed to enforcing strict compliance with safety and quality standards for all fertilizers being availed to farmers among other products.

“This is to ensure that the farmers are protected against unscrupulous industry players and to preserve safety and quality of the food supply chain. We thank the farmers and all stakeholders for participating in large numbers to support the food security agenda for the country,” highlighted the statement.

By Joseph Ng’ang’a

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