July 2018 Edition


FertiNews, July 2018 edition has been prepared with the latest information on the fertilizer market and activities related to the sector in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Feed the Future Enhancing Growth through Regional Agriculture Input Systems (EnGRAIS) Project for West Africa is in a collaborative partnership with the West Africa Fertilizer Association (WAFA) to help the latter build its competency to be able to take the lead role in advocating, promoting and being a mouthpiece of the private sector in the fertilizer market and industry in West Africa. 

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Regional Fertilizer Retail Price
July 2018



598 528 449 559 402 485
    286     300
    427   352  
495 501 385 510 396 569
    265     288

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

BURKINA FASO: Some retailers were strategically preparing, carefully observing the general price trend and the efficient coming of the raining season. Read more

CÔTE D’IVOIRE: Fertilizers used for cereals, cotton fertilizers and urea have been heavily demanded. Prices remained relatively stable with slight variations depending on the type of fertilizer and the retailer. Read more 

GHANA: Farmers have been given a window of opportunity to now access seeds on credit and pay after harvest. This is to encourage farmers who were not willing to buy seeds. Read more

MALI: The campaign is progressing and the critical period for fertilizer use will soon begin, especially in areas where planting started early. Read more

NIGERIA: 6 plants have been given final approval to join the existing 11 plants in the PFI. When these plants all come on stream, it will bring the total number of fertilizer blending plants in the country operating under the PFI to 17. They include… Read more

SENEGAL: Offer was good, as retailers and wholesalers were well supplied. Prices have remained relatively stable with some variations depending on the type of fertilizer. Read more


  565     771 550 761  
618       659      
  610     868 505 777  
641       565      
  503 538 689 713 484 658 536
572        500     100

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

BURUNDI: Fertilizer prices have remained almost unchanged. Currently, most of the farming activities are on irrigated areas, using DAP and NPK fertilizers. Read more

KENYA: There have been low fertilizer sales in most regions because planting and top dressing periods are over.  Some farmers are changing from coffee. Read more

MALAWI: Malawi Kwacha and US dollar exchange rate is still stable that makes fertilizer prices to be also stable. The government oversees fertilizer purchase as most agro dealers have less capital.  Read more

MOZAMBIQUE: There was a slight increase in the sales trends of NPK and Urea fertilizer as both fertilizers are used in vegetables, potatoes, tobacco and cereals. Read more

RWANDA: MINAGRI concluded the fertilizers and seeds bid and prices have increased for all fertilizers at about 12% average. For rice, farmers are preparing for planting in mid- August. Read more

TANZANIA: In July, the fertilizer sales trend is still showing a decrease due to the current harvesting period. Read more

UGANDA: A notable increase in the fertilizer prices was registered this month even though the 2nd planting season has not quite kicked off. Read more

ZAMBIA: Maize which demands more fertilizer input is mostly seasonal in Zambia, very few areas in the country grow winter maize and still not on large scale. Read more


      Average Urea Price per Country in July 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 June 2018


Product (US$/ton, FOB bulk)
Urea (granular, Middle East) 246 231 220 238
Urea (granular, Indonesia/Malaysia) 268 261 248 261
Ammonium Sulphate (China) 117 112 113 115
DAP (Baltic/Black Sea) 395 394 396 409
MAP (Morocco) 418 418 410 413
TSP (Tunisia) 295 298 314 325
MOP (Israel) 270 273 268 275
SOP (€, North West Europe)     420 424 425 425
NPK 15-15-15 (Baltic/Black Sea) 250 249 252 260

Source: Argus Media

In Nigeria, Indorama received bids from traders up to $290/t fob for granular urea, but was not offered, they preferred to wait before selling more urea for August. In Zambia, a government tender for 80-90,000t of urea and compound fertilizers closed in the first half of June. While in Senegal, Indorama finalized a DAP cargo for Nitron. This was expected to load for Latin America. Read more

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Company of the month | lndorama

Indorama Eleme Fertilizer & Chemicals Limited (IEFCL), Nigeria, is a member of Indorama Corporation. It has a world-class plant with capacity for 1.5 million metric tons of Urea per annum – which is the world’s largest single-train Urea facility. The plant commenced production in June 2016.  

The plant built at the cost of US$1.5 billion was funded by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and other financial institutions. 
Indorama Fertilizer has brought about a green revolution in the agricultural sector of Nigeria, and various other parts of Africa and Brazil at cheaper cost. 

It has also embarked on value-adding agronomy services and farmers’ education programs to inculcate best farming practices, create economic value, incremental crop yield and enhance income for farming communities.

Video of the month | Achieving SDG Goal 6 ''Clean Water and Sanitation''

The IFA-IPNI webinar of 18 April 2018: "Reducing nutrient losses to water: How fertilizer best management practices can help achieve SDG Goal 6, "Clean Water and Sanitation" 

Speakers: - Dr. Tom Bruulsema, IPNI Vice President, Americas and Research; - Dr. Martin Blackwell, Soil scientist, Rothamsted Research - Mr. Nick Drew, Executive Manager, Fertilizer Australia, - Mr. David Legvold, Farmer and Educator, Northfield, MN.




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ZIMBABWE: (July 21st, 2018) - An approved loan of $30 million by Bank of Zimbabwe (Agribank) to support the agricultural sector. The resource will mainly be directed to firms specialized in fertilizer production as well as soya, milk and oilseed oil production companies. Read more

RWANDA: (July 3rd, 2018) -  Double output through proper application of fertilizers as well as integrated pest management indicated  will help grow 34,000 new coffee trees by 2024... Read more

NIGERIA: (July 2nd, 2018) - The low productivity encountered for maize, sorghum and other key staples and the high consumer prices paid for food are at the heart of rural poverty in Nigeria and other African countries. Read more


Up-Coming Events

The Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition Symposium 2018 
Date: August 21, 2018
Venue: Pretoria, South Africa
Forum Organized by FERTASA

The Fertilizer Society of South Africa, known as the Fertilizer Association of Southern Africa (Fertasa) represents the fertilizer industry in Southern Africa. Fertasa is organizing its 2018 Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition Symposium. Click to join.

African Green Revolution Forum 2018 
Date: September 3-7, 2018
Venue : Kigali, Rwanda
Forum Organized by AGRA

The 2018 AGRF will take stock, evaluate actions, and learn from compelling evidence across the continent, presented by many of the most inspiring leaders turning agriculture into thriving enterprises. Click to join.

Argus Added Value Fertilizers Africa 2018
Date: September 18 - 20 2018
Venue: Cape Town, South Africa
Conference Organized by Argus

Argus Added Value Fertilizers Africa 2018 is the latest conference in the global series of added value fertilizer events recently held in Europe, the US and Asia. 
Enhanced efficiency and specialty fertilizers and other added value products have the potential to drastically improve crop quality and yields across sub-Saharan Africa. Click to join

Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness Conference
Date: September 24 - 26 2018
Venue : Cape Town, South Africa
Conference Organized by CRU

Due to the unique partnership between CRU Events and AFAP this conference series is now well established as the premier meeting for linking senior executives from across the international fertilizer supply chain with key stake holders in African agribusiness... Read more

Bringing Balanced Fertilizers to Smallholder Farmers Training
Date: November 19 - 23 2018
Venue : Abuja, Nigeria
Training Organized by IFDC 

NEW ! The program will address topics on Soil-SMaRT , Soil analysis and mapping, Recommendations development, Technology transfer... Read more 



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