Fertilizer prices to stay high due to production costs
28 August 2013, 13:58
Nakuru - Private companies involved in packaging and blending of fertilizers blame the high cost of production for the high cost of fertilizers.
During a tour of the Nakuru’s MEA limited factory, Kevin Ngunyi, an agronomist with the company said they have to incur a lot of costs during the transportation of the fertilizers from the port of Mombasa by road.
Ngunyi said that the lack of efficiency via the railway mode of transport has cost the company a lot, as they have had to use trucks, which is more expensive than carrying bulk fertilizers using railway transport.
“We incur a lot of expenses, especially on transportation of the raw fertilizer from the port of Mombasa. After it reaches here, we tear the bags and do blending to get the right component for specific soils. We then re-bag, which is another cost as the teared bags can not be re-used,” says Ngunyi.
Ngunyi says if the government could work on the transport system and especially the railway line, then the cost of fertilizers will drastically reduce.
He further says the subsidized fertilizer does not benefit the common farmer but instead benefits a few able individuals who purchase the fertilizer in bulk.
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