Lynn’s Omex Agrifluids made history this week when it sent off a lorry containing liquid fertiliser on a journey of more than 5,500 miles to Mongolia.
It’s the first time the business based at Saddlebow Road has exported to the country and this is thanks to gaining a new customer, a gold mining company which is diversifying into agriculture.
The journey to Ulan Bator, capital of Mongolia, has to be done by road so that the fertiliser can arrive in time for the growing season, explained Omex export director Peter Prentis.
He said: “If we had more time, it would go by boat but it would miss the season.
“They need to have the consignment by mid-May. In the future, orders will be delivered by boat.
“A transport company is organising the journey and drivers and arranging for the trucks to be swapped over.
“The customer who has placed the order with us is a new one and it shows that people are desperate for our products.”
The consignment of 12,000 litres of liquid fertiliser, due to be used on crops such as wheat and vegetables, left Lynn on Tuesday.
The journey is expected to take around 18 days and the route will include extensive travel through Russia before reaching Ulan Bator, after around 5,550 miles.
Ulan Bator is located in north central Mongolia, and is the industrial, financial and cultural heart of the country, with a population of around 1.3 million.
Omex Agrifluids, which exports its specialist liquid fertilisers across the globe, won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2013 and last year was chosen as the Business of the Year in the Mayor’s Business Awards.
Omex Agrifluids, which is purely an export arm of the Omex group, produces foliar fertilisers, which are applied to the leaves of plants to enhance their health and improve their resistance to disease.
The liquid products are exported from Lynn in a concentrate form and later diluted with water by the farmers and growers overseas.