January 2018 Edition


Welcome to the January 2018 edition of FERTINEWS.

We wish you all a Happy and Fruitful Year.

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Regional Fertilizer Retail Price January 2018



641 568 444 575 423 515
583   450   366  
535 551 393 522 382 589
Legend: Commercial Market Prices (com) vs. Subsidized Prices (sub)
             All prices in USD$/ton

BURKINA FASO : Like the previous month, the fertilizer market remained sluggish, with less and less transaction volumes. The few quantities traded are mainly taken by vegetable producers during the growing season. Read more

CÔTE D’IVOIRE : As in the past month, there has been a decrease in the intensity of trade among retailers. Rainfall has continued to be scarce, making fertilizer use on the plants less favorable Read more 

GHANA : The Ministry of Food and Agriculture have closed the submission of bids and a committee is currently processing the applications to award contracts to qualified companies for the supply compound fertilizers and urea for the 2018 cropping season. Read more

MALI : The fertilizer market remained stable and almost identical to last month. Exchanges were modest but the overall availability was good. . Read more

NIGERIA : While the prices of NPK blends, apart from the Presidential Initiative’s 20-10-10 blends, remain firm as a result of unabatingly high exchange rates, UREA prices have continued to fall. Local trucking prices have also continued to fall. Read more

SENEGAL : This month, two major trends have marked the fertilizer market: the market gardening areas have maintained the good momentum of the past month; on the other hand, the zones of cereal crops and vegetables are carried away by a rather calm since the end of wintering. Prices remained stable in almost all production areas. Read more


820 585     731 542 711  
619       620      
992 613     786   723  
642       513      
910 485 554 683 612   578 550
573       429     113

Legend: Commercial Market Prices (com) vs. Subsidized Prices (sub)
             All prices in USD$/ton

BURUNDI : In late December 2017 and early January 2018, the demand for the urea fertilizer was high due to limited supply in the market. In some regions urea price was as high as DAP. Read more

KENYA : Most of the agro-dealers recorded reduced fertilizer sales. Some of the shops have reduced stocks but fertilizer prices have remained unchanged in most of the shops. Read more

MALAWI : Fertilizer sales were high and it was readily available in the market. There is more FISP fertilizer and the farmers who had opportunity to get coupons easily accessed fertilizer.  Read more

MOZAMBIQUE : There is a huge trend in using of Urea 45%N + S. Farmers argue that it is better compared to Urea 46%. In Tete province fertilizer prices did not change, farmer use fertilizers in all crops such as cereal, legumes and vegetables. Read more

RWANDA : Last month, there were no sales of fertilizers for the main crops, that is, maize, beans and potatoes. Maize had matured and beans and Irish potatoes were being harvested. Read more

TANZANIA : The rainy season has started and the demand for fertilizers is very high but farmers have to travel longer distances to hub agro-dealers (wholesalers) to access fertilizers. Read more

UGANDA : In the rural market, agro-dealers were selling off the balance from the second planting season. It appears they are planning for the 1st season planting and intend to stock in the near future.   Read more

ZAMBIA : Fertilizer sales where high in the month of January throughout the country. This is the period when most e-vouchers cards were activated as the excise started late. Read more


      Average Urea Price per Country in January 2018


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Disclaimer: This section is published as an output of (AFO), in partnership with the Africa south of the Sahara Food Security Portal, facilitated by IFPRI. All opinion(s) stated herein are those of AFO and are not necessarily representative of or endorsed by the Food Security Portal or IFPRI.


International Fertilizer Prices through December 2017


Product (US$/ton, FOB bulk)
Urea (granular, Arab Gulf) 237 256 239 231
Urea (granular, Indonesia/Malaysia) 249 282 274 246
Ammonium Sulphate (China) 108 112 116 113
DAP (Baltic/Black Sea) 328 338 357 363
MAP (Morocco) 342 356 373 383
TSP (Tunisia) 301 283 293 295
MOP (Israel) 251 251 252 253
SOP (€, North West Europe) 434 428 420 420
NPK 16-16-16 (FSU) 266 270 272 273

Source: Argus Media

Ghana’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture issued a tender to purchase 60,000t of urea as well as 120,000t of compound NPKs for the 2018 cropping season
Nigeria’s Indorama sold 30,000t of granular urea for January shipment on a formula basis, following a sale in the low-$240s/t fob. In East Africa, an inquiry for 25,000t of granular urea for shipment to Tanzania had been circulating and was reported to have been taken by a trader with urea from the AG. Senegal’s ICS sold 25,000t DAP at $380/t fob to a trader for mid-January loading to the US. Another 7,000t DAP was to load for Ameropa for European destinations. Read more

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Publication of the month 

2017 Fertilizer Statistics Overviews in West Africa

Did you know that in 2016:
Nigeria produced 695,000mt of urea and exported 329,630mt.
MOP has been the been the most imported fertilizer to Cote d'Ivoire since 2013.
Ghana imported about 47,000mt of fertilizers from Morocco in 2016.
About 50% of urea imported to Mali was from Russia.
There is production of phosphate rock in Senegal.
Most fertilizers imported to Burkina Faso reached the country in the first and second quarter.

Download 2013-2016 overviews of fertilizer statisitics for …  
|Burkina Faso | Cote d'Ivoire | Ghana | Mali | Nigeria | Senegal |


Video of the month
The African Fertilizer Summit - 10 Years Later

During the 2017 World Food Prize ceremony held in Des Moines, Iowa, USA in October 2017, the fertilizer industry leaders revisited the African Fertilizer Summit held in 2006 in Abuja, Nigeria. 
On this occasion, Mustafa El Ouafi, managing director of the OCP Group, presented the School of Agricultural Science, Fertilizer and Environment (ESAFE), hosted by the Mohamed VI Polytechnic University, which proposes since 2017 a Master’s Degree in Fertilizer Science and Technology, in partnership with IFDC, IPNI, and the University of Georgia. 



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EAST AFRICA: (January 4th, 2018) - One Acre Fund raised $2.1 million to provide seed, fertilizer, financing, delivery and training to an estimated 500,000 farmers in six countries: Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi and Uganda.… Read more

MALI: (January 9th,2018) - records 720,000 tons of cotton produced in 2017, as a result of  input and seed subsidies, increased mechanization and lower fertilizer prices.… Read more

TANZANIA(January 10th, 2018) - Over 2,000 tonnes of various types of fertilizer are being ferried to Rukwa, Mbeya, Katavi and Ruvuma regions of Tanzania, as a part of a round-the-clock operation supervised by the Agriculture Minister.… Read more

KENYA: (January 26th, 2018) - Government plans to distribute about 600,000 tons of fertilizer to small-scale farmers in 2018, up from 531,000 tons in 2017.… Read more


Up-Coming Events


Developing Private Sector Agro-Input Markets – Designing and Implementing Targeted Subsidy Programs
Date: February 19 - 23 2018
Venue: Kampala, Uganda
International Training Organized by IFDC

IFDC is organizing a five-day training intended for key stakeholders involved in designing or implementing targeted agro-input subsidy interventions. The training program will showcase success stories from different countries and build on realistic examples through the use of case studies. It will include presentations and discussions on input subsidies – concepts and practices – from different contexts and various perspectives with a focus on fertilizer and seed subsidies. Click here to join

Argus Africa Fertilizer 2018
Date: February 26 - 28 2018
Venue: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
International Conference Organized by Argus

The 9th annual Argus Africa Fertilizer conference will take place 26-28 February 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – the number one meeting place for the African fertilizer supply chain.  Over 520 participants from 63 countries of which 23 are African attended the 2017 event in Cape Town. At the annual Argus Africa Fertilizer event, you will join a cross-section of stakeholders including government leaders, finance providers, NGOs, regional distributors and global producers. Click here to join

Improving Fertilizer Quality for Highly Productive Agriculture and Balanced Nutrition
Date: March 19 - 23 2018
Venue: Arusha, Tanzania
International Training Organized by IFDC

IFDC is organizing a five-day training program, which will include formal instruction covering theoretical and practical aspects of fertilizer quality and hands-on practice of methodologies in commercial fertilizer warehouses. Interactive discussion involving the technical leaders and participants from diverse backgrounds (e.g., agricultural researchers, fertilizer manufacturers, agricultural producers, government officials, etc.) will be integral parts of the program to ensure that specific interests of the participants are covered.
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The 16th New AG International Conference & Exhibition
Date: March 28 – 21 – 23 2017
Venue : Nairobi, Kenya
International Conference Organized by New AG International

New Ag International will host in Kenya, their 16th annual international conference covering the world of High Tech Agriculture in depth.
​Special attention will be given to abstracts covering regional subjects about agronomics, economics and technological developments in Africa.
​The conferences will feature speakers from academia, government and industry whose aim will be to promote products and technologies that fit African conditions. New Ag offers an exclusive discount to SME’s through IFDC/ Click on this special registration form to get up to 35% off.   
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