Government shuts down KEL Chemicals in subsidized fertilizer fiasco

The Government has announced the immediate suspension of KEL Chemicals’ operations and seizure of its fertilizer products. These include Kelphos Plus, Kelphos gold and NPK 10:26:10 fertilizer brands which the government says did not meet all required test parameters. This consignment affected KEL Chemical fertilizers distributed between 5th and 10th March 2024 after the release of test results by KEBS.

The government had initiated the testing on all fertilizers being distributed under the subsidy programme and says all other fertilizers being distributed meet the required quality requirements.

“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.  In line with ensuring public safety and maintaining quality standards, KEBS has initiated legal action against KEL Chemicals for distributing substandard products as per the Standards Act Cap 496. 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,” says the government in a statement to newsrooms.

The Government reiterates that it is 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 food supply chain.

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