Reprieve for Farmers as KTDA Receives Consignment of Fertilizer

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By John Kariuki

Tea farmers from across the country have yet another reason to smile after the arrival of the second consignment of fertilizer.

The 88,000 metric tonnes of NPK subsidized fertilizer is now destined to the smallholder tea farmers.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, flanked by KTDA chairman David ichoho, today graced the flagging off of the much needed commodity

The ship carrying the balance of 44,000 metric tonnes (44 Million kgs) of fertiliser docked at the port on Monday 17th October.

The fertiliser is being packaged on site and will be transported to farmers upcountry. The first consignment of 40,550 metric tonnes arrived on 19th August, 2022, and has already been distributed to farmers.  

According to KTDA, the total consignment of 84,550 metric tonnes of the NPK 26:5:5 chemically compounded fertilizer was procured directly from Russia.

KTDA procures fertilizer in bulk for more than 630,000 small scale tea farmers, who are the shareholders of its managed factories, through competitive international bidding. The fertiliser is distributed to the farmers through their respective factory companies. Kenya Tea Development  Agency – Holdings Limited

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