Competition authority hires University of Johannesburg to investigate fertilizer sector

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Competition Authority of Kenya notifies the public that it intends to carry out market inquiry in the fertilizer sector. 

The Centre for Competition Regulations and Economic Development, University of Johannesburg (herein “the Consultant”) has been identified to carry out the inquiry as follows;

The terms of reference of the fertilizer market inquiry sector/study shall be;  to - a) Examine the market structure in the fertilizer sector in Kenya; b) Determine cost components and prices determinants of retailed fertilizer; c) Determine the fertilizer current demand/ consumption levels at regional and national levels; d) Access whether fertilizer subsidy program is efficient and encouraging to the business sector; e) Engage the stakeholders in the fertilizer sector, who include -  Importers, Wholesalers, Agro-dealers/retailers, Transporters and freight forwarders; Farmers and other end users; Industry association; The ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries; National Cereals and Produce Board; and The Kenya Revenue Authority 

In order to appreciate the conditions affecting completion and consumer protection in the fertilizer sector;

Recommend alternative ways to address competition issues in the fertilizer sector premised on international  best practice; and

Make recommendations to the Authority on any matter that requires regulatory intervention in order ti increased competitions and consumer protection in the fertilizer sector.

In the performance of its functions, the Consultant-
a)      Shall hold such number of meetings in such places and at such times as it may, in consultation with the Authority, consider necessary for the proper discharge of its functions, and

b)      May use official reports of any previous investigation, policies and legislation relevant to its mandate.

Members of the public with relevant information may submit oral or written information to the Secretariat of the Consultant within tweny-one(21) days of the publication of this notice.

Source: Consumers Federation of Kenya (COFEK)