Russia dismisses claims of donating fertilizer to Kenya

for Tv47 Digital September 24, 2022, 10:52 AM
Russian government has dismissed claims of donating fertilizer to the Kenyan government. TV47
IMAGE: Russian President Vladimir Putin. PHOTO/COURTESY

Russian Embassy in Kenya has dismissed claims of donating fertilizer to Kenya.

Speculations were rife on social media that the subsidized fertilizer being sold by President William Ruto's government was a donation by UralChem company based in Russia. 

The embassy has advised Kenyans to steer clear of any information on fertilizers unless communicated by official media platforms.

"Many fakes on Russian fertilizers are circulating in local social media. The Embassy of the Russian Federation hereby requests all users to verify information on fertilizers in Kenya on official media resources of the Embassy."

In a fake statement making rounds on social media, farmers were asked to boycott all efforts to sell the donations. 

"We therefore with immediate effect recall the sale of our donations and ask Kenyan farmers to boycott all efforts to sell our donations in the Kenyan market," reads the statement in part.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua flagged off a consignment of 426,000 bags of subsidized DAP fertilizer on Thursday. A 50kg bag of fertilizer is now retailing at KSh3,500 from KSh 6,000. 

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