Viral statement claiming subsidised fertilizer is donation from Russian firm is fake

The Russian embassy in Kenya has flagged the statement as fake, even as this continued to stir debate on social media

"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 Russian fertilizers in Kenya on official media resources of the Embassy," said the Embassy on its twitter handle.

Uralchem, a Russian firm which is one of the world's largest producers and exporters of fertilizer, last issued a press statement on its website on September 21.

A press release related to the donation in question was made on July 28 in which the CEO announced that Urachem would make a humanitarian Shipment of fertilizers to Africa.

The decision to launch the humanitarian project was made in the wake of the agreement between the Russian Federation and the UN Secretariat on Istanbul, Turkiye, on July 22, 2022.

During his inauguration, President William Ruto said that his government will lower fertilizer prices to Sh3,500 down from Sh6,000 per 50kg bag.