June 2019 Edition


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Regional Fertilizer Retail Price  June 2019



533 486 407 513 527 467 455
410   284 376      
    401     356  
490 481 379 522 530 361 538
410   265 376      

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

BURKINA FASO: The wet agricultural season is characterized by some rains in the western part of the country where plowing and sowing are in progress. At the beginning of the agricultural season, the overall level of trade is still low between retailers and farmers. On the other hand, the agro dealers remained active in the supply of their respective stores. Read more

COTE D’IVOIRE: The fertilizer market is improving in the North with the commencement of the rains and the beginning of the growing season. In the south, the intensity of trade in cocoa fertilizer NPK 0 23 19 is decreasing, as the first favorable period of fertilizer application is almost complete. The general trend of price developments is stability. Read more 

GHANA: The Ministry of Food and Agriculture held a meeting with participating fertilizer companies to review the half year performance of these companies. It came to light that companies tasked to blend the new formulations have not push enough to the northern regions. These companies promise to put in extra efforts to move the fertilizer products to the northern sector as their contribution in making 2019 PFJ programme implementation successful. Read more

MALI: the rainy season began slowly with some rains in agricultural areas. The fertilizer market is relatively low in terms of volumes purchased, but the players are busy increasing their stock to meet the strong demand for the rice and market gardening sectors. The smallholder farmers have already begun to plow and sow their fields. State subsidies for this growing season are still in force for fertilizers such as DAP, NPK and Urea and are expected to continue over time.  Read more

NIGER: CAIMA is the government institution in charge of fertilizer procurement in Niger. CAIMA buys its fertilizer by tender and distributes through its outlets located in the 8 regions of Niger. Until the 2019 campaign, the government was applying an untargeted subsidy through CAIMA.
Since the beginning of this campaign and the non-subsidized price announcement by CAIMA, the demand for fertilizer has dropped drastically. This, combine with other eligibility criteria set by CAIMA to its authorized distributors, has favored the import of fertilizers from neighboring countries (Nigeria, Mali and Benin) by the private sector. The prices of private distributors are significantly below the price of CAIMA that producers consider too expensive.

NIGERIA: Report has it that all over the country there is increase in the sales volume of fertilizer which is expected since we are entering fully into the raining season. Although fertilizers are available in the market but farmers are complaining of the price of the fertilizers and are seeking for reduction in the price of the product. Read more

SENEGAL: The fertilizer market has begun to be active. Permanent and seasonal retailers have placed significant orders with production plants and importers to meet the expected strong demand. Read more


  594     731 581 795  
595       625      
  666     822 574 820  
617       536      
  558 578 672 676 490 668 471
529       474     112

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

BURUNDI: Driven by well-distributed rainfall since mid-April, average to above-average Season B harvests are expected in May/June, including in localized areas of Kirundo, where Season A crops failed in March, and in the southern and eastern lowlands, where April rainfall was below average. Read more

KENYA: Many crop farmers in Kenya are counting losses as the country's weather oscillates from one extreme to another. The worst affected are potato and tomato farmers as the two crops are highly sensitive to weather changes, especially when grown in the open field.  Read more

MALAWI: The harvest is coming to an end in all regions and farmers who grow cash crops like maize and tobacco are still selling. Some farmers are cultivating irrigated crops. Fertilizer prices are changing as suppliers are receiving new stock. This is especially for NPK and CAN. The sales volume of NPK is increasing more than CAN because it is being used for irrigated crops. Read more

MOZAMBIQUE: In general, the prices of both NPK and Urea registered no change from last month, but the sales volume is increasing significantly. In term of availability of stock, according to wholesalers, there is enough stock to satisfy the demand. Read more

RWANDA: Prices have slightly increased in some part of the country, as they are fixed by the government under the subsidy program that covers crops like maize, wheat, beans, soybeans, bananas, Irish Potatoes, cassava, fruits and vegetables and target all categories of farmers. The season 2019 B which started some few months ago impacted on the fertilizer purchases as farmers are now topdressing their crops in anticipation of a bountiful harvest. Read more

TANZANIA: There was low usage of fertilizers in June as farmers are harvesting in most parts of the country. Read more

UGANDA: Average to above-average rainfall in May has significantly improved crop growing conditions in central and eastern Uganda. However, planting was four to six weeks late and below-average acreage was cultivated in Teso, Lango, and Acholi sub-regions and in parts of northeastern Uganda. Crops are widely in the early vegetative growth stage in these areas. In the southwest and parts of Central Region, crops have advanced to the reproductive stage. Read more

ZAMBIA: Finance Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe says the distribution of Agro inputs under the Farmer Input support program FISP using the E-voucher has been infiltrated by fake Agro dealers who are siphoning money from the government. She said the government has so far paid out 69 million Kwacha under the E-voucher for the 2018/2019 farming season. She however assured agro-dealers and farmers that the government will not delay the distribution of inputs and fertilizers under the 2019-2020 farming season. Read more


      Average Urea Price per Country in June 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 May 2019


Product (US$/ton, FOB bulk)
Urea (granular, Middle East) 236 237 254 260
Urea (granular, Indonesia/Malaysia) 263 249 254 278
Ammonium Sulphate (China) 111 111 112 114
DAP (Baltic/Black Sea) 405 395 382 382
MAP (Morocco) 443 405 396 369
TSP (Tunisia) 360 360 351 321
MOP (Israel) 294 292 289 288
SOP (€, North West Europe)     458 458 458 475
NPK 15 15 15 ( (Baltic/Black Sea)       269 273 273

Source: Argus Media

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WORLD: (June 14th, 2019) - Mostafa Terrab Elected Chairman of International Fertilizer Association. 
The Board of Directors of the International Fertilizer Association (IFA) has elected Mostafa Terrab, Chief Executive of the Moroccan OCP group, as chairman of this global fertilizer association.
Mr. Terrab becomes the first chairman from the African continent of the IFA in its 90-year history. His election to this post was made during the IFA annual conference held in Montreal (Canada) June 11-13. Read more

 (June 25th, 2019) - Fertilizer application for Soybean, KAMPALA – Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries is still going on to teach farmers on Soybean growing. Under its Strategic 12 Campaign, the ministry says Soybean does not require nitrogen fertilizers in soils because the plant can fix its own nitrogen.
“However, Phosphorus and Potassium fertilization are essential,” said the ministry. It educates that a farmer can incorporate 81 kilogrammes per acre of SSP or 41 kilogrammes per acre of TSP into the soil before planting. Read more

 (June 19th, 2019) - Prime Minister Meets Nigerian Peasant Platform Executive Bureau: Discussions on Fertilizer Price Concerns. The Prime Minister, Head of Government, HE Brigi Rafini received, yesterday afternoon, the National Executive Bureau of the Peasant Platform of Niger led by its president, Mr. Djibo Bagna. It was attended by the Minister of State, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Mr. Albadé Abouba and the Director General of the Central Supply of Agricultural inputs and equipment (CAIMA).
At the end of the meeting, the president of the Peasant Platform of Niger their interview with the head of the government focused on the issue relating to the increase in fertilizer prices. Read more

 (June 6th, 2019) - Drones offer high-tech help to smallholders. Towards the end of last year, Charis Unmanned Aerial Solutions, a company that was started by young Rwandan nationals, was demonstrating the potential of drones in driving agriculture output. The exercise took place in Gataraga Sector in Musanze District, Northern Province in the presence of central government officials and local leaders. 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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