November 2016 Edition


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Regional Fertilizer Retail Price Summary - October 2016

Commercial Market Prices (com) vs. Subsidized Prices (sub)
Product (US$/ton)
585 543 593 574 440 471 472
449   429 370 249 260 360
595   573  
774     655   555  
556 530 539 497 491 552 461
423   404 370 223 269 360


Benin: Prices of various fertilizers were sold for 12,000 FCFA / 50 kg bag.  The major fertilizers used were NPK 15-20-15 + 5S + 3.5MgO + 1.5Zn, NPK 14-23-14 + 5S + 1B and Urea.
Burkina Faso: Crops which were at the stage of maturity or even of harvests (maize sorghum, etc.) needed less fertilizer application. In Banfora, we witnessed a shortage of NPK 14-23-14 fertilizer due to delays in delivery, while NPK 23-10-5 was least supplied by fertilizer retailers because of its high cost as compared to other compound fertilizers. Local drought in some areas such as Nouna led to a decrease in demand for the NPK 15-15-15. Dealers have placed their hope on the dry season which should start in December for vegetable crops and in January for cereal crops.
Côte d’Ivoire: There was a low purchase level of cocoa fertilizers. However, the launch of the marketing campaign of cocoa announced in early October coupled with  the rising purchase price of the bean - from 1,000 FCFA to 1,100 FCFA / kg, were expected to boost the purchase of cocoa fertilizer. In the northern zone, the end of the planting season has seen a lull on the fertilizer market. Almost all cotton and cereal producers had already applied fertilizer to their farms and were waiting for the harvests. In some areas, cereal harvests have commenced on a small scale but these were expected to gain momentum in the coming weeks.
Mali: The end of the distribution of subsidized fertilizers was officially fixed at September 30. Thus, commercial fertilizers were dominating the market. Some shops were still selling some stock of subsidized fertilizer while others stopped selling for 2-3 weeks ago. Fertilizer Suppliers were also concerned about payment processes for subsidized fertilizer balances. On the other hand, the preparations for the cultivation of vegetables were underway, thus fertilizer purchases will definitely be geared towards vegetable production in the coming weeks.
Senegal: In all production areas, there was a decrease in fertilizer purchase due to the end of the rainy season. Despite the decline in demand, prices remained stable in all areas. In Kaolack and Kaffrine, there was a decrease in demand for peanut fertilizer NPK 6-20-10, millet fertilizer NPK 15-10-10, and NPK 15-15-15 because most crops were either at the stage of maturity or harvest for which lesser fertilizer application was required. The demand for Urea remained promising in these areas due to vegetable crops cultivation in some lowlands.
Togo: The Government of Togo decided to privatize the fertilizer sector from crop year 2016 while maintaining the fertilizer subsidy to 150,000 smallholder farmers. To do this, the government gave permission to 16 companies to import fertilizers in 2016; then it contracted 3 companies among the 16 authorized to deliver fertilizer to targeted smallholder farmers. These three companies are: Fredo vanos, Elisee cotrane SAU, and “technology distribution company" (STD Sarl).
Ghana: The month of October saw minimal sales of fertilizer products. This was due to the fact that the farming season was almost over for 2016, except for irrigated areas. The fertilizer subsidy programme for 2016, according to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture is expected to be over by the end of November, even though there are stocks of subsidized fertilizer in most shops. Most of the agro-dealers had adequate fertilizer stocks to last for the rest of the farming season for the year.
Nigeria: Farmers have begun sourcing fertilizers for irrigation farming. They believe they can get it at the current lowest on 8 months. The price of Urea has dipped from an all-time high of 10,000 NGN to between 6,500 NGN to 7,500 NGN in more than three quarters of the country except for pockets of Agro dealers that still had old stock.  Prices of NPK 15-15-15 maintained an average of 6,500 NGN in most states. In the 12 states that the national GES kicked off, prices of fertilizers have been pressured to come down and it remains to be seen how round tripping can affect other states.

International Fertilizer Prices through November 2016


Product (US$/ton, FOB bulk)
Urea (granular, Arab Gulf) 176
Urea (granular, Indonesia/Malaysia)  206
Ammonium Sulphate (China)
DAP (Baltic/Black Sea)
MAP (Morocco)
TSP (Tunisia) 278 278
MOP (Israel) 223 225
SOP (€, North West Europe)
445 445
NPK 16-16-16 (FSU)
 290 270
Source: Argus FMB
Nitrogen: Urea market maintained firm tone: having risen by $20-25/t since September, the question of whether urea prices would continue to firm came under scrutiny in discussions on the fringes of two industry conferences during the last week of October. The conclusion was that they probably will in the West, but there was less conviction about Chinese price levels firming further in the East. North African producers sold granular Urea at prices of $220- 222/t FOB in the last week of October for November and December shipment, up around $5/t from the previous week. In the East, attention was turning increasingly to the upcoming Indian tender, it was expected to be issued in the first week of November, as the next significant piece of demand. Chinese producers were asking $215-220/t FOB for prilled and granular urea. Some sales, including one Fudao cargo, were reported at $215/t FOB.  Low production levels and a strengthening domestic market were supporting prices in the export market.
Phosphate: The phosphates market drifted down in a vacuum of demand. India remained absent due to high stocks and a narrowed import window (it was Diwali during the first week of November, after which fresh DAP arrivals had perhaps less than two weeks to arrive in time for the current season). After this time, any new cargoes would go into storage, and no one was prepared to take a risk with stocks high and the subsidy uncertain. By contrast Pakistan continued to buy imported DAP with two more deals done the last week of October for Chinese and Australian material totalling 80,000t, bringing total imports to around 1.13 mnt. Normally this would be considered a very healthy level, but such volumes do not begin to offset the lack of Indian buying. At least prices were stable in the mid/high-$310s/t cfr. With Saudi product excluded and Chinese production running at low rates, perhaps buying options were thin.
Potash: The fertilizer markets met in Cannes and Singapore in late October, and potash suppliers have already started to muse on the timings of the next China MOP contract decisions. With many suppliers sold out for the fourth quarter, and the general consensus being that the period will be an improvement in terms of demand compared with the rest of the year, suppliers were looking towards 2017 with strong hopes of an early settlement driving stability and buying confidence... Read more


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