November 2018 Edition


 FertiNews, brings to you in its November 2018 edition, the latest information on the fertilizer market and activities related to the sector in Sub-Saharan Africa.

In this edition, you will find fertilizer overviews giving details about fertilizer production, imports, exports and apparent consumption in six (6) West African countries.

You will find market comments to enlighten you and help your business move in the right direction.

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Apparent fertilizer consumption in 6 West African countries increased by 38% in 2017 as compared with 2016. The increase was mainly due to input subsidy and government programs for food crops and cotton.


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Burkina Faso | Cote d'Ivoire | Ghana | Mali | Nigeria | Senegal


Regional Fertilizer Retail Price
November 2018



551 495 436 547 397 492
418   281      
    428   347  
480 490 372 499 385 563
418   261      

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


BURKINA FASO: The cropping season is at harvest stage. At this time, apart from the Vegetables that derives some fertilizer, the market has been virtually inactive at the level of fertilizer retailers. Read more

CÔTE D’IVOIRE: The fertilizer market is losing momentum in all production areas. In the North, With the end of the growing season and the crop preparation phase, fertilizer transactions between retailers are becoming scarce. However, market gardeners are busy entering the scene for the establishment of nurseries and have begun to visit fertilizer warehouses to purchase. Read more 

GHANA: The Ministry of Food & Agriculture has placed adverts, asking interested companies to submit their bids for participation in the 2019 Planting for Food and Jobs programme. Read more

MALI: The Cotton sector is heading towards a record 750,000 tons of cotton for the current 2018/2019 season, according the National Directorate of Agriculture. This 2.7% increase over the previous season, can be explained by the subsidy plan to combine mineral and organic fertilization. Read more

NIGERIA: A few dry season farmers have commenced land preparation and application of NPK fertilizers, and in some couple of weeks, Urea demand would be expected to increase... Read more

SENEGAL: The fertilizer market has really begun to subside in the Groundnut Basin and Casamance as most crops have matured; Cereal harvesting are very advanced. The best-selling fertilizers are NPK 15 15 15 and urea, often used for Vegetables. Read more


  585     759 566 775  
614       649      
  669     854 531 793  
637       556      
  517 580 671 702 490 649 523
546       492     126

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

BURUNDI: The country is currently experiencing low rainfall. Farmers in different regions, however, have started planting maize as they wait for the high rainfall to plant the other crops such as beans.  Read more

KENYA: There is currently a shortage of Urea in the market, with most of the agro-dealers across the country having no stock. Read more

MALAWI: The FISP programme has started distributing fertilizer coupons for 2018/2019 planting season. The rainy season has started in some parts of the country and farmers are being encouraged to buy fertilizers in bulk. Read more

MOZAMBIQUE: The wholesale price of both NPK and Urea have increased. The most used NPK is NPK 12-24-12. The Mozambican Government launched the first stage of Agrarian campaign on October 25th. At the initial stage, the focus crops are cereals (mostly rice and corn). Read more

RWANDA: Farmers are doing top dressing and those who planted during the first rain (end of August) are harvesting fresh beans. In some parts of the country, the maize crops have been attacked by the fall army worm, but the Rwanda Agriculture Board and its partners are helping to control the invasion. Read more

TANZANIA: In northern region, the demand is high compared to last month due to the high rainfall experienced in the month. Read more

UGANDA: Uganda is currently experiencing unreliable rainfall. This situation has distorted the usual distribution of fertilizers this month. Read more

ZAMBIA: The process of the subsidized fertilizers by government has started. Farmers have started depositing k400 towards it as the government also puts in k1700. Read more


      Average Urea Price per Country in November 2018


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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 October 2018


Product (US$/ton, FOB bulk)
Urea (granular, Middle East) 258 278 301 323
Urea (granular, Indonesia/Malaysia) 281 287 305 331
Ammonium Sulphate (China) 117 118 118 118
DAP (Baltic/Black Sea) 415 426 431 431
MAP (Morocco) 439 436 443 443
TSP (Tunisia) 335 346 361 363
MOP (Israel) 279 276 285 296
SOP (€, North West Europe)     435 435 437 443
NPK 15-15-15 (Baltic/Black Sea) 263 265 278 287

Source: Argus Media

In West Africa, Nitron sold 18,000t of Russian prilled urea to a large buyer for October shipment to Cote d’Ivoire, Abidjan. The urea was expected to be used for blending.

Overall demand from West African markets was low because international urea prices were way above the levels at which local companies took awards in tenders in Mali, Burkina Faso and elsewhere. Read more

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Company of the month | MEA Fertilizer

Since 1977, MEA has been in the forefront of providing high-quality plant nutrition products to commercial and smallholder farmers all over Kenya. 

MEA's passion and dedication is to empowering the farming community through end-to-end soil fertility management solutions has been immensely rewarding. MEA has the capacity to produce fertilizer formulations that suit a whole range of crops grown under different soil types and agro-ecological zones at a rate of 1,200 metric tonnes per day.

MEA is East Africa's Premier supplier of inputs for crop production empowering millions of farmers in Africa. They forge progressive partnerships in a journey spanning close to four decades. They grow, because they are helping communities to grow.

Video of the month | Fertilizer Professionals Meeting organized by WAFA

Faced with difficulties experienced by the fertilizer sector in Côte d'Ivoire, partly due to the delay in the implementation of the regulation adopted in 2012 by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the control of the quality of fertilizers and an unfavorable international environment (lower prices of raw materials, higher fertilizer prices), government representatives, private actors, technical and financial partners met in Abidjan on October 24, 2018 to think together about solutions.





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GHANA: (November 22nd, 2018) - MoFA on course to register one million farmers. The sector minister, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, who stated this, said more than 600,000 farmers had already been registered... Read more

WEST AFRICA: (November 21st, 2018) - ECOWAS, UEMOA and CILSS Member states met in Ouagadougou to share their experiences on the quality control of fertilizers in West Africa. Read more

NIGERIA: (November 19th, 2018) - The Fertilizer Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN) has commended the Federal Government of Nigeria for the total ban it recently placed on the importation of all blends of NPK fertilizers. Read more

UGANDA: (October 24th, 2018) - Uganda President has commissioned Tororo Sukulu Phosphate Project. The phosphate fertilizer production plant will introduce the first purely organic fertilizers on the local market and will be producing 50,000 tons at the start which will grow to 100,000 tons... Read more


Up-Coming Events

Argus Africa Fertilizer 2019
Date: 27 February - 01 March 2019
Venue : Marrakech, Morocco
Conference Organized by Argus 

Africa's biggest fertilizer trade event!

The 10th annual Argus Africa Fertilizer, taking place in Marrakech in February 2019, will bring together over 500 key players from the fertilizer supply chain from across Africa.
As the leading and biggest fertilizer conference in the region this is the only place to find all the regional contacts and market insight you need to build your presence in the dynamic and growing fertilizer market in Africa. Read more

West Africa Fertilizer Forum 2019
Date: 24 March - 26 March 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




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