IJSSE - International Journal of Social Sciences and Entrepreneurship Upcoming Journals: International Journal of Innovation and Management (IJIM), International Journal of Engineering and Architecture (IJEA) & International Journal of Science and Agriculture | IJAE, IJEF & IJHRP Call for Papers - Forthcoming Issue (Decemer 2014). Submission deadline: 25th December 2014 |

No images

United States United States
Your Time

User Statistics Info
IJSSE is one of the leading International Journals by User Statistics!

Login Form

IJSSE Newsletter Form
Full Names *
E-mail Address: *
Country *
PDF Print E-mail



Kuria Gatonye

College of Human Resource and Development,

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

P. O. Box 62000, 00200 Nairobi, Kenya

Corresponding Author email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Dr. Karanja Ngugi

College of Human Resource and Development,

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

P. O. Box 62000, 00200 Nairobi, Kenya


CITATION: Gatonye, K., & Ngugi, K. (2017) Role Of Distributors In The Growth Of Agrochemical Firms In Kenya. International Journal of Strategic Management. Vol. 6 (5) pp 110 – 128.


To reach the final consumers, products need to be distributed, and thus the channel of distribution become of utmost importance. Markets are becoming increasingly international resulting in many companies being located further away from their buyers and final customers. The main objective of this study was to investigate the role of distributors in growth of agrochemical companies. Specific objectives were aimed to find out the role of firm infrastructure to accommodate distributors , role of capability of distributors in marketing , role of distributor as a relationship officer and role of logistic capability of distributors in handling organization logistics enhancing growth of in agrochemical industry in Kenya. The research design adopted was the survey design where the population of interest comprised of 39agrochemical companies registered with the Agrochemicals Association Kenya.Due to the small size of the population of the study, a census was carried out where the whole population was studied. Quantitative data was analyzed by use mean and percentages. The overall average rating of growth experienced by the agrochemical firms in the last 5 years (2011-2015) was 3.2. Overall, effect of firm characteristics on growth of agrochemical products was rated at a mean of 3.8. Overall, the average rating for the effect of marketing capability was 4.3. Its greatest effect was reported on market size rated at 4.4.The overall mean rating on the extent of the effect of relationship intensity on growth of agrochemical products was 3.7.On logistic capability of distributors, a vast majority (97%) of the respondents confirmed they had a distributor / agrochemical network in the County.93.9% asserted that there products were in the small towns too in addition to being in the cities. It was concluded that revenue generation, timely payment, inventory holding support, loyalty, brand/image building and submission of reports are significantly useful in performance evaluation.

Key Words: Firm characteristic, Capability of distributors, Logistic capability, Agrochemical industry


Full Text PDF Format

Publication Disclaimer: The accountability of the article published in IJSSE journals is entirely of the author(s) concerned and not of the publisher/editor. The view expressed in the articles of any IJSSE journal is those of the contributors, and it does not essentially correspond to the views of the publisher/editor. It is responsibility of the authors to seek copyright clearance for any part of the content of the articles. The publisher/editor of IJSSE journals is not liable for errors or any consequences arising from the exercise of information contained in it.
Free counters!
IJSSE - International Journal of Social Sciences and Entrepreneurship | Copyright 2013 | All Rights Reserved  <