We have not shipped fertilizer to Kenya, says Uralchem

The cost of fertilizer has gone up in the recent past. Photo by Kilimo News

By Kimuri Mwangi

Uralchem, one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of nitrogen, potash and complex fertilizers has denied reports that the subsidized fertilizer being sold by the Kenyan government was part of a humanitarian shipment of fertilizers produced by the company.

A Press Release allegedly from the company has been making rounds on social media showing the company allegedly admonishing the Kenyan government for selling the donated fertilizer from them.

But speaking to Kilimo News, Ekaterina Zhila from the company’s Public Relations Department said, “This information is false. Uralchem has not published any press releases on the matter and does not comment on the authenticity of the information that appeared in the mass media. The sole official source of information from the Company is its corporate website. The Company intends to make humanitarian shipments of fertilizers to African countries, but no deliveries to Kenya have been planned to date”

Earlier the company had announced that it would make gratuitous shipment of urea or NPK fertilizers to Africa. This step will be part of the Company’s contribution to global food security. The decision to launch this humanitarian project was made in the wake of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Russian Federation and the UN Secretariat on assisting the promotion of Russian food and fertilisers to international markets, which was signed in Istanbul, Türkiye, on 22 July 2022.

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