Toyota Tsusho carries out soil analysis

By KBC Reporter

Toyota Tsusho Fertilizer Africa Limited is conducting research on soil samples from various counties to determine the suitable fertilizer that will be produced at the new fertilizer plant in Eldoret.

Toyota Tsusho is targeting to help farmers in Uasin Gishu County, Narok County, Baringo County and Nandi County in the first phase of the project.

The government’s plan to have a local fertilizer manufacturing plant in the country was hatched about five years ago and finally the government signed a contract with Toyota Tsusho last year for the construction of the fertilizer plant at Eldoret.

Toyota Tsusho has now announced that it has started research on soil types in different counties to help determine the kind of fertilizer suitable for each county.

Toyota Tsusho reckons the type of fertilizer currently being used by farmers across the country has done more harm than good to soils.

Farmers across the country have been using DAP and CAN fertilizer in large quantities despite the soil type, which often ends up in poor yields. Toyota Tsusho plans to produce fertilizer mixed with various components to ensure farmers get better yields and returns.

The company has already taken 200 soil samples in Uasin Gishu County, Narok County, Baringo County and Nandi County and is planning to take more samples across the entire country.

The construction of the 123 billion shillings fertilizer plant started in September last year and is expected to cut the cost of fertilizer by 40 percent.



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