The distribution of counterfeit fertilizers has ignited controversy, prompting leaders to urge President William Ruto to take action against those involved in the scam.

According to a report featured in Tuesday's edition of The Standard, Member of Parliament for Nyeri Town, Dancan Mathenge, is now calling on President William Ruto to issue an executive order for the arrest of individuals responsible for distributing fake fertilizers.

He has called for an investigation into KEBS, the Ministry of Agriculture, the National Cereals and Produce Board, and other entities linked to the distribution of fertilizers.

It should be noted that President William Ruto has not yet issued a statement regarding the matter, despite previously vowing to address corruption within his Kenya Kwanza government.

Fertilizer scandals have become a recurrent problem that has affected agricultural sectors globally in recent years. These scandals hurt farmers, crop production, and food security because they involve the provision of inferior or fake fertilizers.

Corruption is the root cause of fertilizer scandals, as dishonest people take advantage of gaps in the supply chain to further their own agendas. These people frequently interfere with quality control procedures, dilute fertilizer formulations, or replace high-quality items with less expensive, subpar substitutes. Such acts have disastrous implications: farmers spend their hard-earned money on fertilizers that don't work as promised, which lowers crop yields, causes financial losses, and eventually leads in food poverty.

Furthermore, fertilizer scandals weaken attempts to advance sustainable farming methods and destroy public confidence in agricultural systems. Farmers are already facing many difficulties, such as market volatility and climate change, but they are made much worse fortunate by unrestricted markets and dishonest suppliers.

In order to prevent fertilizer scandals, industry-wide initiatives are required to fortify regulatory frameworks, improve accountability and transparency, and encourage moral behavior. In addition, maintaining agricultural production and guaranteeing food security for future generations depends on providing farmers with the information and tools they need to recognize and acquire high-quality fertilizers.