April 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 April 2019 edition!

Hundreds of key players and stakeholders in the fertilizer sector in West Africa converged on April 24- 26, 2019, at the Sarakawa Hotel in Lomé, Togo for the West Africa Fertilizer Forum (WAFF).

Organized by Argus in collaboration with the West African Fertilizer Association (WAFA), WAFF provided an important platform for about 200 people from over 30 countries representing all the links in the fertilizer supply chain, global producers, technology developers and investors to meet, interact, get the latest market insights as well as discuss issues affecting the sector and workable solutions. View pictures from the forum

From 27 to 31 May, 2019, there will be an international training on Delivering balanced crop nutrition to small- scale farmers in Accra, Ghana. The week long international training is being organized by IFDC. The program will train government officials, soil scientist, agronomists, researchers, fertilizer producers and blenders as well as donors interested in investing in crop productivity on the above topic. Click to register

In April 2019, the Fertilizer Technical Working Groups (FTWG) of Kenya and Tanzania met in Arusha, Tanzania and validated the 2018 fertilizer statistics for Kenya and Tanzania.


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There was a 34% increase in total apparent consumption of fertilizers in Kenya from 2016 to 2017 and a 32% decrease from 2017 to 2018. The decrease was largely attributed to carry over stocks from the previous year.
In Tanzania, there was a 5% increase in total apparent consumption of fertilizers from 2016 to 2017 and a 25% increase from 2017 to 2018. One of the major factors of the increase is the Bulk Procurement System (BPS) of Urea and DAP which is currently being run in the country.



Regional Fertilizer Retail Price  April 2019



600 489 410 541 452 451
    404   356  
543 484 387 494 362 531

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

BURKINA FASO: prices of fertilizers are beginning to increase. Moreover, thanks to. Read more

COTE D’IVOIRE: In the North, the sale of fertilizers have been low, as they await for the cropping season to start. In the South, Agro dealers increased their sales. Indeed, the demand for the cocoa fertilizer, NPK 0-23-19 + 6.5 S + 5MgO + 10CaO was increasing.  Read more 

GHANA: Agrodealers in the southern sector of Ghana at the moment have stocked various kinds of fertilizer products and are ready to do business with farmers.The Ministry of Food & Agriculture this month continued to train Agric Extension Agents in the southern sector on how to sensitize and handle the process of selling fertilizer to farmers.  Most distributors are currently supplying fertilizer products to their wholesalers and retailers across the country. The Ministry however, was not happy at the rate of distribution by the fertilizer companies and therefore tasked the companies to speed up the rate of distribution. Read more

MALI: The fertilizer market remained unchanged similar to previous month reported. the fertilizer market remained unchanged similar to previous month reported. This is due to the end of farming activities.  Read more

NIGERIA: All over the country sales have been picking up as demand is gradually improving because of the rains which has gradually started in most part of the country, some farmers in some parts of the country have already begin planting while others are still clearing their farms. Also in most part of the country NPK blends such as 15 15 15 are still scarce and increasing in price, which is attributed to the import ban placed on NPK. Read more

SENEGAL: The fertilizer market has been marked by two trends in the two principal farming zones. In the rice and market garden zones, fertilizer sales have maintained their good momentum. The main farming activities concern mostly, the off-season of rice in the Valley of the Senegal River and the market gardening in the area of the Niayes essentially. On the contrary, in the groundnut basin and in Casamance, trade has remained low since the end of the farming season.Read more


  594     740 568 796  
598       632      
  666     832 567 811  
620       542      
  558 576 659 684 493 676 518
532       480     123

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


BURUNDI: The price of fertilizers continues to drop as farmers are almost through with planting. First weeding is almost starting and there is expected increase in prices of top-dressing fertilizers like Urea. Read more

KENYA:The sales of fertilizers have increased slightly as farmers are preparing for planting while waiting for the rains. In the Rift-valley region, in towns like Eldoret, Kitale and Nakuru, the sales of fertilizers slightly reduced as compared to the past seasons due to the delayed rains.            
In the Eastern region, some farmers have already bought planting fertilizers but are still waiting for the rains. Read more

MALAWI: Crops have matured awaiting harvesting in many parts of the country especially maize and tobacco. There is high decrease in fertilizer sales in the market and prices have remained constant.In southern region, NPK sales volume is higher compared to CAN and Urea. Farmers are busy preparing their lands for cultivation. In this region many smallholder farmers grow crops twice a year compared to the other regions. Read more

MOZAMBIQUE: Beira is one region that was greatly affected by Cyclone Idai. Farmers in Green belt of Beira lost their crops and they are currently in the process of recovering. 
According to Agriculture Department of Sofala Province, they have reported great loss in crops such as vegetables and maize. In Tete province the price of fertilizers remained the same. Fertilizers are being used on potatoes, tobacco, cereals and vegetables Read more

RWANDA: It is raining in most parts of the country. Farmers are doing top dressing for maize and rice is almost maturing in some marshlands of East and Southern province. In some part of Eastern and Southern provinces, invasion of fall Army worms has been registered but farmers together with RAB and local authorities are controlling it by hand picking and usings pesticides. Read more

TANZANIA: Farmers are still waiting for the rains in Tanzania. The usage of fertilizer in April is low due to the shortage of rains in the country. Read more

UGANDA: Most farmers did planting during the first rains received in some locations in the previous month. This was followed by dry season that affected the crops. This situation has affected the sale of fertilizer in most parts of the country because farmers usually purchase fertilizer when the rain falls. The northern region has not received rainfall therefore fertilizer prices are expected to increase with CAN and Urea granule fertilizers registering a slight increase in price especially at wholesale level Read more

ZAMBIA: There has been not much activity this month as rains have stopped in most parts of the country except for a few areas in the northern part of the country. Farmers who grew soya are expecting poor harvest since the rains stopped at the time the crop was flowering and foliar fertilizers cannot be applied since the ground is dry leading to wilting. Read more


      Average Urea Price per Country in April 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 |Ghana, Nigeria|

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 Ghana and Nigeria for the year 2018. The FTWG workshop was held at Prampram in Ghana. 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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WEST AFRICA: (April 25th, 2019) - Fertilizer: choose the quantity or quality? 90% of fertilizer used by small scale farmers are produced by the West African Fertilizer Association (WAFA). Moussa Diabate - "We want to ensure that quality  fertilizers can reach the West African farmers at the best possible prices and on time. Read more

 (April 22nd, 2019) - Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) has inked a deal to buy fertilizer distribution firm Meridian in what is the group’s first international acquisition as it bolsters its market share in Africa. Read more

 (April 15th, 2019) - OCP pools efforts with IFDC for African farmers’ benefit. Morocco’s Office Chérifien des Phosphates (OCP) has sealed a multi-year partnership agreement with the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), and the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) “to collaborate on the engineering of new fertilizer technologies, improvement of crop and soil specific fertilizer recommendations, development of value chains and market systems, and research and implementation of fertilizer systems to benefit African farmers”, said the institutions in a joint statement. Read more

MALI: (April 4th, 2019) - As part of the extension of its products to its partners and farmers, the Elephant Vert group has launched a series of stewardship training courses on the knowledge and use of its organic agricultural inputs. The kick-off of these trainings was given at the Regional Center for Solar Energy (CRES) in the presence of stakeholders in the agricultural sector, representatives of the inter-branch maize, rice, cotton, representatives of the directorates of agriculture and the partners of the Green Elephant group. 
With more than 800,000 farmers, agriculture in Mali employs nearly 70% of the population and contributes more than 40% to gross domestic product (GDP). Read more


Up-Coming Events

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


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



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