Multi-million dollar fertilizer factory opens in Dar es Salaam

President Jakaya Kikwete cutting the ribbon to mark the official opening of YARA fertilizer terminal in Dar es Salaam, he is flanked by Yara International President & CEO Svein Tore Holsether (3rd L), Norwegian Minister for Trade Monica Maeland (2nd R) and other senior officials.

President Jakaya Kikwete (C) cutting the ribbon to mark the official opening of YARA fertilizer terminal in Dar es Salaam, he is flanked by Yara International President & CEO Svein Tore Holsether (3rd L), Norwegian Minister for Trade Monica Maeland (2nd R) and other senior officials.

A Norwegian fertiliser company, YARA-International has unveiled its $25million plant in Kurasini area on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in bid to help farmers improve soil fertility and yields.

Presiding over the opening of the largest fertilizer plant in East and Central African region resident Jakaya Kikwete it is bound to cut the cost of product and lead to improved farming and livelihoods in the communities.

Kikwete underscored his country need more investments from development partners than monetary aid.

For the Norwegian Minister for Trade Monica Maeland, the fertilizer terminal is part of the increasing investment and trade relations between the two nations.

“Our friendship and cooperation is growing steadily, our wish is for this relationship to continue grow and develop,” Ms Maeland said.

She noted Tanzania has been a great host to Norwegian investments especially in Agro-based and Energy.
Yara presently supplies 120,000 tonnes of fertilizer annually to the East African region, including through a network of distribution outlets across Tanzania.

The new terminal will have a revolving storage capacity of 45,000 tonnes of fertilizer, and the location allows for new capacity to be added. The plant is projected to create at least 420,000 new jobs and earn the East African nation yearly revenues of an estimated $1.2 billion.

Alexander Maselu, Yara Country Director said the facility has the capacity to produce 0.5million tonnes a year and would be the biggest plant in Africa.