Kenya will start manufacturing fertiliser next year, the company constructing the plant said yesterday.
Toyota East Africa, which recently won a tender to construct the facility, undertook to have the project implemented within the stipulated time.
Mr. Dennis Awori Director and Senior Advisor Toyota Tsusho East Africa said his organization will ensure Kenya gets its first ever fertiliser plant next year.
“We are totally committed and we shall be ready to produce fertilizer in 2016,’’ he said.
Deputy President William Ruto with Toyota Tsusho Africa officials. They discussed, the delivery of police vehicles & construction of a fertilizer plant.
He was speaking when he led a delegation that paid a courtesy call on Deputy President William Ruto at his Karen office.
Mr Awori said the construction of the fertilizer factory will take 12 months,
The Toyota chief said that his team was also in the final stages of negotiations with other strategic partners before commencing the work.
“We intend to put up the first phase of the NPK fertilizer around Eldoret because our feasibility study shows that Rift Valley consumes most of the fertilizer in Kenya,’’ he said.
The conglomerate’s Divisional General Manager Akira Wada said design works for the project will start soon.
The Deputy President said construction of fertilizer factory will address the high cost of the input that has been identified as a constraint to high crop productivity.
Mr. Ruto emphasized the need for the firm to adhere to the deadline of setting up the factory saying a local plant will lead to reduced costs.
“The public is already aware of this project and therefore timely completion is of essence,” said the Deputy President. “Most of our farmers have no other means of livelihood other than farming.”
Toyota Tsusho recently won a $1.2 billion (Sh108 billion) tender to put up a fertiliser manufacturing plant.
The company will also release an additional 215 vehicles to the police force this month.
Mr Awori said that his company was keen to deliver the remaining 500 units to fulfill the promise of delivering 1,100 units in an agreement signed by the government last year.