The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Fertiliser Firm Considering Setting Up Port Terminal

Mea Fertilisers Ltd is considering the construction of a terminal at Kilindini Port to improve supply and storage, the company's logistic officerJoel Mugo has said.

"Having a local fertiliser terminal similar to the grain and oil terminals will cost Sh400 million to set up, a cost that Mea and other fertiliser industry players are willing to foot and this investment will save the country over Sh850 million annually as well as reduce turnaround time of offloading and dispatching fertiliser by two weeks," he said.

Mugo was speaking in Mombasa where he received over 500,000 bags of top dressing urea fertiliser ahead of the planting season. This consignment will add on to existing stock held by the company and available in all its agents and depots.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya imports about 500,000 tons of fertiliser annually. It produces 28 million bags of maize (the main staple) against an annual consumption of 37 million bags.

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