Aug 9, 2022

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Kenya Railways partners with tea agency to transport cargo via SGR

Kenya Railways and the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) have partnered with KTDA-managed factories to track their products over the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line from Nairobi. transport the port of Mombasa for further export.

As part of the partnership, tea from the factories managed by KTDA is transported from the tea-growing areas to the Nairobi Freight Terminal, where it is transported on wagons of the Kenya Railways loaded and then transported to the port of Mombasa.

Maiden voyage

The maiden voyage of Transported as part of the partnership KTDA 31 containers of packaged tea – 800 tons – via SGR.

Conversation in Mombasa while receiving the first batch of KTDA tea transported by Kenya Railways, Prof. Hamadi Boga, the chief secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Plant Development and Agricultural Research, said that moving to transport tea via SGR is an innovative step that will lower transport costs and bring better value to farmers.

“plans for transport t of tea on the Kenya Railways have been in preparation for some time as we have researched new technologies and infrastructures to increase the efficiency of the tea supply chain. We understand that the transition to Kenya Railways will ensure faster, safer and more convenient transport of tea, ”he said.

Kenya Railways Managing Director Phillip Mainga assured this KTDA team that the decision for the SGR was the best choice because of the advantages related to rail transport high transport capacity and the high speed of the trains.

“We have enough capacity to handle all your freight. We currently run 9 to 11 freight trains between Mombasa and Nairobi every day and we can do more if necessary, ”he said, adding that the tea load is safe.

Mr Mainga said the partnership would reduce the congestion on the roads.

“The transport of tea on the Kenya Railways means that the roads are being unblocked because of a train can transport an equivalent volume that would require many trucks on the road, ”he said.

” Today we transport 31 tea containers in one train. We would have needed 31 trucks on the road. We are therefore pleased about this partnership with KTDA, because the Madaraka Express Freight Service is a faster, safer and more efficient option. ”

Save transport costs

KTDA Holdings Limited Chairman David Ichoho said the organization is testing 20,000 packages per week to further streamline the process for the full road to rail migration.

< p class = "align - justify"> “We move around 300 million kilograms of processed tea every year and we expect these large quantities to mean greater savings for farmers as we gradually migrate to Kenya Railways. Initially, we expect to move 20,000 parcels every week as we refine the system and processes before the full migration, ”he said.

Kenya Railways will soon be using the Envelope from. begin freight from SGR onto the Meter Gauge Railway line at Longonot Station.

This ensures that freight is seamlessly transported by rail from the port of Mombasa to Malaba and Kisumu .

As a result, the company will gain more customers, especially freight for Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In addition to the Nairobi Inland Container Depot (ICD), KTDA is also building a tea handling facility that will handle all teas for onward transport through the Kenya Railways, thus underlining KTDA’s commitment to the new type of tea transport.