Russian fertilizer aid for Zimbabwe arrives at African port
A ship carrying a humanitarian cargo of 23,000 metric tons of fertilizers bound for Zimbabwe, has reached Beira in Mozambique, the port’s officials said on Tuesday. The shipment was sent by Uralchem Group, one of the largest fertilizer producers in Russia and the world.
The bulk potash and NPKS fertilizer had been loaded in the ports of Riga, Latvia, and Ghent, Belgium, the press service of Uralchem stated on December 11.
The fertilizers will be transported from Beira to Zimbabwe by land. According to the company, the delivery is being "carried out in close cooperation with the UN World Food Programme, which has chartered a ship to transport the lot as part of the efforts of the UN Conference on Trade and Development."
Uralchem covered the sea freight and other delivery costs, as it has done with previous joint shipments.
To date the group has sent over 134,000 tonnes of fertilizers to the continent free of charge. In collaboration with the WFP, over 111,000 tonnes have been shipped from European ports and warehouses to Malawi, Kenya, and Zimbabwe.
On December 28, the Uralchem Group press service reported that more than 34,000 tonnes of potash had been loaded onto a ship at the port of Ventspils, in Latvia and is currently en route to Nigeria.