Boost for tea farmers as KTDA receives more cheap fertiliser
SEE ALSO :KTDA to seek CJ orders in tea caseMr Tiampati added that importing fertiliser in large quantities enables the agency to leverage economies of scale, thus purchasing the product at comparatively lower costs per unit. Last year, the average price of KTDA-procured 50kg bag of fertiliser was Sh1,770 against the market price of Sh2,800. The price per bag is usually determined by the cost of the input itself and other associated costs such as import duties, port charges, handling, warehousing and transport costs. The first vessel carrying the subsidised fertiliser docked at the Mombasa port on June 21 with 50,500 MT and the second, on August 22. Mr Tiampati said the first batch of fertiliser has already been distributed to smallholder tea farmers, while the second one is currently being offloaded and packed in 50kg bags for immediate dispatch to the factories for onward distribution to the farmers.
SEE ALSO :Tea farmer contests Sh2m award to KTDAThe consignment includes an order that had been made by some of the local tea producers that are taking advantage of KTDA discounted bulk import.
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