DRC, which is in the middle of a political and social turmoil, has discovered that it has one of the key components used in the making of a crucial chemical for agriculture. As it is receiving help from its allies in bringing peace, DRC will become a major producer of fertilizer in future once the war is over.
Stephane Rigny, the executive chairperson of a company called Kanga Potash, said that Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is all set to become a major producer of fertilizer.
Kanga Potash has the license for the mining and production of potash in DRC. In July, it stated that it was raising $500 million for the first phase of the potash development project in the north of the region Pointe Noire. The project is located to the west of Congo River and is in the pre-construction phase.
Rigny said “The Republic of Congo will become a world leader in the production of fertilizers. We have discovered the thickest carnallite seams ever drilled anywhere in the world. The seams of recoverable carnallite are in the order of 210 m (about 688.98 ft) thick.” (sic)
Carnallite is a mineral which comprises hydrated potassium and magnesium chloride and is a source of potassium used in the manufacturing of fertilisers.
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Kenya’s role in DRC
Kenya’s president William Ruto announced that he will be sending his military to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to help it in the battle against the M23. M23 is a terror group which is active in the eastern region, is backed by Rwanda. It is involved in many killings and war crimes. Its main purpose is to gain control over the mineral resources of DRC which has cobalt, gold, copper etc.
Ruto stressed that as DRC is a key member of the regional bloc of the East African Community, therefore it becomes the responsibility of member states to contribute to end the carnage. Ruto recognized that a crisis-ridden DRC will have its repercussions on Kenya as well.
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Recently, Kenyan parliament approved the deployment of 900 of its soldiers to DRC.
Following Kenya’s decision, the first contingent of Kenyan troops arrived in east DRC in the city of Goma on 12th November. They were received by the Congolese military. They arrived when the M23 is continuing its reign of terror in the province of North Kivu and has taken control of several areas in the Great Lakes region.
With this development, one thing is certain and that is M23’s time is up, it will be annihilated. Kenya and other African countries seem determined to help one of their key partners, DRC, in resolving the crisis which has destroyed its stability and hindered its growth.
The EAC has realized that prosperity cannot come without peace. With peace in the region the investments will also start flowing resultantly creating a positive cycle of growth.
DRC is successfully emulating the example of Mozambique which kept out the West from its security apparatus but allowed it in business activities.
As Kanga Potash has already started the procedure for the extraction of it which will be used in the production of fertilizer, it is apparent that DRC will start exporting it, earn revenue and invest it in the development of the nation.
Kenya’s assistance to the DRC will set an example for African nations that they must exploit the West for their own advantage.
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