Grantee: Ets Nkubili Alfred & Sons Limited
Project name: “Nitrogen-Phosphorous-Potassium (NPK) Blending Plant”
Grant amount: £955,634
Project start date: 27th November 2014
Project duration: 3 years
Countries benefiting: Rwanda; Burundi; Uganda; The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Description of the organization:
Established in 1997, Ets Nkubili Alfred & Sons (ENAS) is a limited, for-profit company registered in Rwanda with the core business of fertiliser distribution. In addition to fertiliser importation and distribution, ENAS is involved in livestock breeding, coffee washing stations, agriculture extension services, agricultural inputs and the buying and selling staple crops. ENAS has well developed sales channels, operating in more than 20 districts in Rwanda.
The goal of the project is to establish the first Nitrogen-Phosphorous-Potassium (NPK) blending plant in Rwanda. The project will work to blend fertilisers for the Rwandan market and secondarily, Burundi, Uganda and the DRC. The plant will replace imports of ready-made NPK fertilizer blends with locally blended standard and customised blends from imported raw materials. ENAS’s fertiliser blending capacity will increase to 30,000 tons per year. A unique aspect of this project is that farmers can have their soil analysed and based on the soil analysis, the crop and crop’s growth stage, custom-made NPK blend can be prepared for them. This ability to customize will result in a more effective and thus less expensive application of fertiliser and less overuse, which will in turn limit water pollution from its chemicals (especially nitrogen) in surface and sub-surface water resources. ENAS’s distributors of the NPK blends will be responsible for taking soil samples, given their close proximity to and relationship with farmers. The soil samples will be analysed in close cooperation with the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (CAVM) and Institut d’Agriculture, de Technologie et d’Education de Kibungo (INATEK). Farmers will pay the cost price of the soil analysis.