Ship with first consignment of KTDA fertilizer docks at Mombasa Port
A conveyor belt system loads bags of fertilizer into a freight truck at the Mombasa port. The first consignment of the total 77, 050 metric tonnes of fertilizer imported by KTDA has arrived at the port and is being hauled to tea factories for onward distribution to the more than 560, 000 smallholder tea farmers.
The first consignment of 39,000 tonnes of fertilizer, imported by Kenya Tea Development Agency Management Service Limited (KTDA MS) on behalf of 560, 000 smallholder tea farmers, has arrived at the Mombasa Port.
The fertilizer was ordered from Russia after the manufacturer won an international tender that was floated early in the year. The consignment is part of the total 77,050 metric tonnes of 26:5:5 NPK fertilizer ordered for the year 2015/2016.
Receiving the batch of fertilizer in Mombasa, the Managing Director of Chai Trading Company Limited (CTCL) Mr Charles Mbui said that bulk importation of fertilizer leverages on economies of scale and this enables farmers to secure the fertiliser at the best possible price.
“By importing the fertiliser in bulk, KTDA is able to provide it at the best possible price to the smallholder tea farmers. We have continued to enjoy the benefits of economies of scale which are then passed on to our farmers,... [ Read More ]