March 2019 Edition


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FertiNews, your reliable source for the latest information on the fertilizer market in sub-Saharan Africa welcomes you to its March 2019 edition!

More than 200 stakeholders from the fertilizer sector around the world will be meeting in Lome for the West Africa Fertilizer Forum (24 – 28 April 2019). Co-organized by West Africa Fertilizer Association (WAFA) and Argus, this event brings together professionals in the fertilizer space (global producers, technology developers and investors) to talk about logistics, policies, investments, etc. Click to register

In March 2019, the Fertilizer Technical Working Groups (FTWG) met in Prampram, Ghana and validated the 2018 fertilizer statistics for Ghana and Nigeria.


The same FTWG met in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso and validated the 2018 fertilizer statistics for Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali and Senegal.


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The total fertilizer apparent consumption for 6 major countries in West Africa decreased by 6% in 2018 as compared to 2017. There were increases in Mali (+1), Burkina Faso (+8%) and Senegal (+23%) whiles there were decreases for Nigeria (-6%), Ghana (-29%) and Cot d’Ivoire (-14%).



Regional Fertilizer Retail Price  March 2019



602 491 397 543 437 459
    391   345  
545 486 375 496 378 544

Legend: Commercial Market Prices (com) vs. Subsidized Prices (sub)
             All prices in US$/ton. More on our methodology.

BURKINA FASO: The fertilizer market was marked by two trends. At some agrodealers, a steady pace due to the continued availability of water in reservoirs for market gardening and sluggish for others because of water depletion. Read more

COTE D’IVOIRE: The fertilizer market remained slow. In the North, Farmers  are currently preparing the for the rainy season and have very little presence in shops. In the South, the beginning of the marketing of the cocoa for the small campaign should revive the purchases of fertilizer.  Some agrodealers have already started to issue new fertilizer orders including cocoa fertilizer NPK 0-23-19 + 6.5 S + 5MgO + 10CaO, the most sold in the area. Read more 

GHANA: Agrodealers are making efforts to stock their shops and take advantage of the season since the launch of PFJ for 2019. Demand for fertilizer products is beginning to show a marginal increase in some locations in the southern sector. Read more

MALI: The fertilizer market is calm. Fertilizer sales remained modest and mainly small quantities for market gardening and the off-season.Read more

NIGERIA: Generally sales are low in most places in the country in terms of volume of fertilizers sold, which was attributed to the dry season and state elections being conducted across most states. But they are expected to pick up after the states election as farmers are beginning to prepare for the planting season especially in the southern parts of the country. Read more

SENEGAL: The volumes of fertilizer sold varied according to agro-ecological zones. Groundnut basin (Kaolack, Kaffrine, Diourbel), the market has declined in intensity since the end of the season. Senegal River Valley (Saint-Louis) – rice-growing area, The volumes of rice fertilizer traded (DAP) have increased further as a result of hot-season sowing of rice. Read more


  605     749 571 800  
603       640      
  675     842 564 824  
626       549      
  571 590 670 693 492 694 524
536       486     124

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

BURUNDI: This month, prices of fertilizers that are mainly used, did not change much because they were distributed on time by the government.  In Northern region, farmers are planting crops like beans, rice, water melon and tomatoes. The demand and supply of fertilizers is high. Read more

KENYA:In Western and Nyanza regions of Kenya, the rains have started, and farmers are planting maize and beans. In Kisii, farmers have finished planting and are now weeding maize and beans as they apply the first top dressing. In Central region, farmers in Embu and Meru regions are also preparing their lands in readiness for the rains expected to start mid-March. Read more

MALAWI: Powerful tropical storm Idai is poised to bring more rain and flooding to the country, which is already reeling from recent weather. Four days of non-stop rainfall swelled the Phalombe River in Southern region of Malawi until it burst through a long dike built last year for protection. The water spread across a large area to surrounding villages. Apart from destroying lives, crops and property, the floods affected electricity generation, causing blackouts in the commercial city of Blantyre. Some roads and bridges were also washed away, cutting off road access to some areas. Read more

MOZAMBIQUE: A catastrophe is unfolding in the wake of Cyclone Idai, which hit Beira city in the coastal area of Mozambique. The storm brought intense, flooding rain and an estimated 13 feet of deadly storm surge to some coastal areas in Mozambique. It is estimated that 242 people have died (and the numbers are likely to continue to rise). Some 1,500 are injured, and 65,000 people are living in shelters. Additionally, more than 17,400 homes have been destroyed by the storm. All this happened at a time when farmers would have been harvesting in the next couple of weeks. Read more

RWANDA: The season 2019 B has started and was officially launched by the Ministry of Agriculture in the beginning of this month. Farmers are buying basal fertilizers with seeds and at the same time harvesting maize planted in season 2019 A. Read more

TANZANIA: The planting season is ongoing and fertilizer demand is high across the country. Read more

UGANDA: The rainfall received in most areas made farmers preparing for the 1st planting season this year. Other areas have however not received any rainfall.
Agrodealers observed an increment in granule fertilizer prices when the season began. DAP and NPK products registered, increased the wholesale price for a 50kgs sack to Ugx.120,000 and Ugx.115,000 respectively. Read more

ZAMBIA: In Solwezi and Kasempa in the Northwestern province, it is now raining, and farmers are busy planting. Katete Chama and Lundazi in the Eastern region have had rains and are expecting good yields. Some areas in Lundazi were greatly affected by the heavy rains which led to the collapse of a main bridge. They were hence delayed to access the fertilizer and other inputs until an alternative road was done. Read more


      Average Urea Price per Country in March 2019


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Disclaimer: This section is published as an output of, in partnership with the Africa South of the Sahara Food Security Portal, facilitated by IFPRI. All opinion(s) stated herein are those of and are not necessarily representative of or endorsed by the Food Security Portal or IFPRI.  Click here for more information on sources and methodology used.




International Fertilizer Prices through February 2019


Product (US$/ton, FOB bulk)
Urea (granular, Middle East) 299 278 268 239
Urea (granular, Indonesia/Malaysia) 329 303 287 263
Ammonium Sulphate (China) 118 117 116 111
DAP (Baltic/Black Sea) 423 417 409 405
MAP (Morocco) 443 443 443 443
TSP (Tunisia) 363 363 361 360
MOP (Israel) 298 296 296 294
SOP (€, North West Europe)     450 453 456 458

Source: Argus Media

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MALI: (March 28th, 2019) - Urea Deep Placement and Micro-Dose Revolutionize Fertilizer Use. Thanks to the support of USAID, Malian producers were able to generate an additional income of more than 20 billion FCFA. The fate of these smart technologies was at the heart of a workshop on March 21, 2019 in Bamako under the theme "capitalization of the achievements of the FDP MD project". Read more

RWANDA: (March 26th, 2019) - MP proposes to government to produce Urea fertilizer from Kivu Methane Gas. Rwanda should look into ways to utilize Methane Gas in Lake Kivu for the production of urea, which is a nitrogen-rich fertiliser considered of great importance to crop productivity, MP Leonard Ndagijimana has recommended to the government of Rwanda. Read more

NIGERIA: (March 21st, 2019) - Senate passes fertilizer quality control bill into law. In a bid to ensure quality control and guard against the circulation of adulterated fertilizers in Nigeria, the Senate on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 enacted a law that would safeguard the country’s farmers against fake and adulterated fertilizers as well as ensure quality control of the farm input through the passage of “National Fertilizer Quality (Control) Bill, 2019 (S.B. 338)” Read more



Up-Coming Events

West Africa Fertilizer Forum 2019
Date: 24 April- 26 April 2019
Venue : Lome, Togo
Forum Organized by WAFA and Argus 

As the only conference representing the voice of the West African fertilizer industry, it is the only place where you can see for yourself how the market will develop and what that means for you. Read more


Delivering Balanced Crop Nutrition to Small-Sacle Farmers
Date: 27 May- 31 May 2019
Venue : Accra, Ghana
Training Organized by IFDC 

IFDC is organizing a workshop to assist participants, in their various roles, to bring balanced crop nutrition to smallholder farmers. Topics to be addressed includes Soil-SMaRT, Soil analysis and mapping, Policy and regulations, The fertilizer industry, Markets, etc. Read more | Register



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