First shipment of Russian fertilizer for Malawi set to arrive

The first shipment of 20,000 metric tones of Russian fertilizer to Malawi on humanitarian relief is set to arrive through Mozambique.

According to a UN report the world organisation on Tuesday announced that the first shipment of Russian fertilizer left the Netherlands for the African country of Malawi.

The shipment of 20,000 metric tons of fertilizer loaded on a World Food Program-chartered vessel will go through Mozambique, according to spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

UN-Chief-spokesman-Stephane-Dujarric

“It will be the first of a series of shipments of fertilizer destined for a number of other countries on the African continent in the coming months,” said Dujarric.

The spokesman also said the UN welcomed the donation of 260,000 metric tons of fertilizer from Russian fertilizer producers stored in the European ports and warehouses.

The donation, he said, will serve to alleviate humanitarian needs and prevent catastrophic crop loss in Africa.

On July 22, Türkiye, the UN, Russia, and Ukraine signed an agreement in Istanbul to resume grain exports from three Ukrainian Black Sea ports, which had been paused in February due to Russia’s war on Ukraine. Except for a brief hiatus, it has enabled food shipments to the world ever since.

“Reconnecting fertilizer markets is a critical step to ensure global food security for 2023 and the United Nations will continue to make every effort, with all parties, to achieve this goal,” Dujarric added.

Malawi is implementing the Agriculture Input Programme to help the less-privileges farmers access the commodity with a heavy subsidy.

The market price of fertilizer ranges from K65,000 to K90,000 but with the programme, poor farmers buy at K15,000.

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nsabwendiimeneyitu basi.
nsabwendiimeneyitu basi.
24 days ago

Nthawi ino a mathila foteza!?!!!!!!
Sickening

Gabriel Chunga
Gabriel Chunga
24 days ago

When is the fertiliser going to arrive in Malawi or the nearest port? Poor reporting.

Duli
Duli
24 days ago

Continue

Nzeruzanga
Nzeruzanga
25 days ago

SOS to the current shortage that has pushed up prices to maximum of K80,000. But how come Govt, thru Min of Agric,is silent about the donation? What type of fetiliser, who gets it, where will it be distributed/sold by whom and at how much? The maize crop in many parts of the country is already in its 15th to 30th growing day.

Matt
Matt
25 days ago

Let me get this straight. The country that started a war in order to take Ukraines land mostly for agriculture is supplying fertilizer for those who “can’t afford it”???? Ummmmm there are heavy strings attached to this “donation”

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