May 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 May 2019 edition!


On May 27-31, 2019, IFDC hosted an international training workshop entitled “Delivering Balanced Crop Nutrition to Small-Scale Farmers” in Accra, Ghana. Nearly 70 participants from 21 countries attended the training to enhance their understanding of issues related to the production, marketing, and effects of balanced fertilizers.

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Fertilizer factsheet is an informative 1-page document that contains fertilizer statistics from 2010 - 2018, information about blending and manufacturing plants in a country as well as demand for fertilizer by crop and season.
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Regional Fertilizer Retail Price  May 2019



596 486 417 538 452 448
    411   382  
540 481 394 491 356 535

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

BURKINA FASO: The fertilizer market has remained slow in terms of volumes traded, with no major transactions between retailers and farmers. Importers, and wholesalers, are busy sourcing fertilizer to stock up in preparation for the upcoming season. Some retailers have begun to express their fertilizer demands to importers and wholesalers. Others, on the other hand, are still waiting, for the time to capitalize on the dynamism of the market and to analyze the fertilizer price levels before the start of the agricultural season. Read more

COTE D’IVOIRE: The fertilizer market was very active with an increase in demand for cocoa fertilizer NPK 0 23 19 in the South, while in the North, sales remained low. The general trend of price developments is stability. In the South, Fertilizer warehouses were quick to stock up to respond favorably to demand and avoid being out of stock. Also, with the intensifying rains, and the beginning of the sowing of cereal crops (rice, corn), transactions for the purchase of fertilizer would continue to grow in the coming weeks.   Read more 

GHANA: At the launch of 2019 planting for food and jobs (PFJ) programme, NPK 15 15 15 was not covered by the subsidy. However, some farmers are demanding the product and some importers also have the product in stock. This has necessitated the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to add NPK 15 15 15 to the list of fertilizer products being subsidize under PFJ. Read more

MALI: The fertilizer market remained stable. The implementation of the next season is not yet under way, but negotiations have continued between suppliers, retailers and producer organizations. The fertilizer market is likely to remain low, pending the start of the distribution of subsidized fertilizer, which would boost the season's trade.  Read more

NIGER: The month of May was marked by the ending of the subsidy practiced by the government of Niger through CAIMA. The CAIMA price increase has caused a slight increase in agrodealers' prices, which in most cases are supplied by CAIMA.  Only fertilizers imported from Nigeria were sold at a relatively low price.  There is a slight increase in demand for NPK and DAP due to the beginning of the rainy season. Demand for urea remains stable.

NIGERIA: North Central : There have been improvement in the volume of fertilizers traded as compared to last month, farmers especially cereal farmers are demanding more for NPK fertilizers while Agro dealers are stocking up their stores as the fertilizer market is now picking up.
Agrodealers in the North East region are currently complaining of the probable reduced sales of fertilizers this year, as a result of the proposed restriction on fertilizers supplied to four states in the North east by the National Security Advisers Office based on security reasons. Only liquid fertilizer or chemical blends of NPK would be allowed to those areas because of the tendency of terrorist to use granulated urea for explosives. Hence the use of organic fertilizers is beginning to gain prominence amongst the farmers in the region. Read more

SENEGAL: The trend in fertilizer sales is declining in areas of hot off-season rice production (River Valley and Anambé Basin), as we tend towards the end of the growing season. Similarly, in the Peanut Basin, and in Casamance, demands are becoming increasingly scarce since the end of agricultural activities, because they are rainfed areas. On the other hand, transactions remained dynamic in the Niayes Band, where market gardening activities is almost in all seasons. Read more


  593     734 580 795  
597       628      
  665     826 567 819  
619       538      
  557 572 653 679 494 667 494
531       476     117

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


BURUNDI: Based on observed crop growth to date and given the forecast of average May-June rainfall, Season B harvests are expected to be average to a little above average. Most households are expected to meet their minimum food needs through September.  Read more

KENYA: Farmers in Western and Central are expected to benefit from increased rains this month. The use of climate-smart practices has in the past been limited to mainly large-scale farmers as small ones continue to use traditional farming methods, but this is no longer feasible because of the erratic weather. Read more

MALAWI: Farmers are harvesting their crops, 80% of farmers have harvested their crops. Tobacco is one of the main cash crop in Malawi and farmers are selling at Auction Floors where tobacco is sold, but farmers are complaining that customers are buying at a very low price.  Maize is being sold but also at a lower price. Read more

MOZAMBIQUE: Nearly two months on from Cyclone Idai and the devastating floods that followed, many people affected have begun to rebuild their lives. Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi visited areas affected by cyclone urging residents to resume their agricultural activities and promising support for reconstruction in the areas affected. Read more

RWANDA: Rwanda has launched the piloting phase of the National Agriculture Insurance Scheme, which aims to protect farmers against loss of or damage to crops or livestock. The pilot phase will begin with maize and rice farmers in 14 districts before it can be rolled out across the country. The scheme is expected to help unlock financing to the sector, which remains largely underfunded.  Read more

TANZANIA: The usage and sales of fertilizer is increasing in the Central and Northern regions as farmers are busy planting.  In the Southern and Lake zone regions the usage is low. Read more

UGANDA: Agrodealers are reporting slow business in most locations because of late and irregular rainfall in Uganda. Farmers lost some crop after re-planting when the rainfall came down at the beginning of the month of April. Read more

ZAMBIA: Agriculture Minister Michael Katambo announced that the 2019 Crop Forecasting survey for the 2018/2019 agriculture survey shows that Maize production is expected to decrease to 2,004,389 metric tonnes from 2,394,907 metric tonnes produced last season. Read more


      Average Urea Price per Country in May 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 April 2019


Product (US$/ton, FOB bulk)
Urea (granular, Middle East) 268 236 237 254
Urea (granular, Indonesia/Malaysia) 287 263 249 254
Ammonium Sulphate (China) 116 111 111 112
DAP (Baltic/Black Sea) 409 405 395 382
MAP (Morocco) 443 443 405 396
TSP (Tunisia) 361 360 360 351
MOP (Israel) 296 294 292 289
SOP (€, North West Europe)     456 458 458 458

Source: Argus Media

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Publication | FTWG Workshop Report |Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, Senegal|

For the past seven (7) years IFDC, through initiative have been working with the CountrySTAT program of FAO to produce and disseminate, reliable and up-to-date official statistics on fertilizer produced, imported, exported and consumed in countries within the West Africa Sub-region.

In March 2019, in collaboration with West African Fertilizer Association (WAFA) and CountrySTAT to organize a Fertilizer Technical Working Groups (FTWG) workshop to validate fertilizer statistics for Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali and Senegal for the year 2018. The FTWG workshop was held at Bobo Dioulasso in Burkina Faso. in partnership with WAFA and CountrySTAT aims to improve the quality and availability of fertilizer data in-terms of production, trade and consumption to enable decision-makers to have and to use reliable fertilizer data for formulation and monitoring of agricultural development policies, strategies on food security, promotion of trade in West Africa region and beyond.

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GHANA: (June 4th, 2019) - The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Glofert Limited, Reverend Foster Mawuli Benson, has called on banks to direct some of their investments into the agribusiness. Rev Benson who was speaking to the Media after a programme at the International Fertilizer Development Centre at Asuboi in the Eastern Region said more banks needed to come in to support the indigenous companies to augment government’s efforts. Read more

 (June 4th, 2019) - SOLEVO Group has inaugrated a brand new fertilizer blending plant in Angola as part of their efforts to reinforce the local capacities in each of the countries in which they operate. Read more

 (May 20th, 2019) - Rwanda is set save the amount of money it spends on importing fertilizers with government saying the new fertilizer making plant will be operational by the end of this year. The plant, which is being constructed in Bugesera District at a cost of $38 million (about Rwf33 billion), will have the capacity to blend 100,000 tonnes of fertilizers. Read more

 (May 9th, 2019) - DPP terminates case against Moroccan firm OCP (K), in substandard fertilizer scam. The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has terminated the case against Moroccan fertilizer firm OCP (K) and four of its officials in the substandard consignment scam. He further ordered that the investigating officer to unconditionally release the impounded consignment of fertilizer held at Ballore Warehouse to OCP (K) limited. Read more


Up-Coming Events

African Green Revolution Forum 2019
Date: 3 September- 6 September 2019
Venue : Accra, Ghana
Forum Organized by AGRA

African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) is a partnership of institutions that care about Africa’s agriculture transformation. The AGRF Partners Group is made up of a coalition of 21 leading actors in African agriculture all focused on putting farmers at the center of the continent’s growing economies. Read more Register

Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness Conference
Date: 1 October - 3 Cotober 2019
Venue : Cape Town, South Africa
Conference Organized by AFAP 

CRU and the African Fertilizer Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) are delighted to announce that the Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness Conference 2019 is returning to Cape Town for the 5th event in the series. Through this unique partnership, this event has become established as a must-attend gathering for the global fertilizer supply chain to meet with African policy-makers, importers, distributors and farmers in some of the world’s fastest growing markets. Read more | Register




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