November 2019 Edition


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Fertilizer Statistics Overviews

An overview of fertilizer statistics in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya with insights on official imports, exports and apparent consumption from 2014 to 2018.
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Regional Fertilizer Retail Price  November 2019



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527 496 379 564 474 362 518

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

BURKINA FASO: The fertilizer market remained slow in the main production areas, as most farmers have started harvesting. Trade is rare except for a few quantities of fertilizer absorbed by vegetable production that has started. In the northern regions, Central Plateau and Boucle du Mouhoun, the security situation has had a negative impact on sales due to the displaced populations, who have abandoned their fields.  Read more

COTE D’IVOIRE:Farmers are primarily focused on harvests, particularly cotton production, which seems good everywhere. At this time, purchases are rare, which does not allow agro-dealers to make good deals. However, small quantities of fertilizer are purchased for vegetable gardening crops that are gradually being introduced. Demand for NPK 0 23 19 cocoa fertilizer has started to rise in warehouses. The cocoa marketing period and the ongoing rains have led farmers to buy fertilizers. Next door, the rice harvest continues, and rice farmers are almost absent in fertilizer stores.  Read more 

GHANA: The 2019 Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) campaign has virtually ended. The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) will continue with PFJ for 2020, and has advertised for participating companies to submit bids, which closed November 7, 2019. Read more

MALI: Trade in the fertilizer market has extremely reduced, as farmers are particularly busy with harvests. A few small volumes of fertilizer are drawn by the vegetable gardeners who gradually set up.  Read more

NIGER: Off-season crops are gradually establishing themselves in most production areas, leading to an increase in fertilizer demand. The border closure with Nigeria and the problems of insecurity such as in Diffa have led to shortages of Urea. But this was offset by fertilizer supplies from Benin and the existence of CAIMA stocks. Read more

NIGERIA: In most part of the country, prices of fertilizers have been generally stable, amidst scarcity and low demand of the product due to end of the raining season. However, some locations are reporting slight increment in prices especially for the NPK 15 15 15 fertilizers, which can be attributed to its scarcity and the unwillingness of some agro dealers to sell the few remaining products, but to keep them in anticipation of higher prices next year, especially during the farming season. Read more

SENEGAL: The intensity of trade has decreased on the fertilizer market, especially in the groundnut basin and Casamance, where crops are grown mainly under rain fed conditions. Demand and supply at store level have declined sharply as most speculation has matured. Read more


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  597     559   730  
  487 577   506   504 509

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

KENYA: Fertilizer usage and demand is currently low as most farmers are cultivating vegetables and beans mostly for subsistence use. Fertilizer prices have also dropped. Read more

MALAWI: There is availability of fertilizers nationwide and in other regions where the rains began early, farmers have already planted maize. A fertilizer coupon is costing MK15,000 and the farmer tops up the balance. The coupons were distributed in good time giving farmers enough time to prepare for the season. Fertilizer prices have dropped because there is more stock in the market and there is high competition among suppliers. NPK is selling more than Urea.  Read more
BURUNDI: Fertilizer usage and demand is currently low as most farmers are harvesting and doing less planting. Fertilizer prices have also dropped. Read more

ZAMBIA: These farmers are now stocking their farm inputs, including fertilizers.  Currently the demand and usage of fertilizers is high. Seasonal weather forecasts point to a higher likelihood of average to above-average precipitation amounts during the last quarter of 2019. Read more

RWANDA: The demand and usage of Urea is currently high in volcanic areas where wheat is majorly grown. In Musanze, Murare and Nyabigu areas where potatoes is majorly grown, the demand and usage of NPK is high. Read more


      Average Urea Price per Country in November 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 October 2019


Product (US$/ton, FOB bulk)
Urea (granular, Middle East) 263 254 250 237
Urea (granular, Indonesia/Malaysia) 288 269 259 259
Ammonium Sulphate (China) 116 116 114 109
DAP (Baltic/Black Sea) 340 315 304 290
MAP (Morocco) 341 340 340 301
TSP (Tunisia) 312 313 313 313
MOP (Israel) 283 279 286 263
SOP (€, North West Europe)     453 450 454 460
NPK 15 15 15 ( (Baltic/Black Sea)     275 271 259 241

Source: Argus Media

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TOGO : (November 8, 2019) 
The Togolese government and Aliko Dangote Industries announced on 7 November the conclusion of a partnership to develop a phosphate fertilizer processing industry in Togo Read more

NIGERIA: (November 15, 2019) - OCP Group expects ammonia plant in Nigeria to begin production in late 2023 Read more

MORROCCO : (November 22, 2019) - AFFM, through a study, has identified credit guarantees as a financial instrument which can contribute to boosting access to fertilizers in Africa. Read more

GAMBIA:(November 22, 2019) - The President Adama Barrow on Tuesday 19 November 2019 gave assurance of distributing fertilizers among farmers on time, saying it would be as early as July.
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Up-Coming Events

Ghana National Farmers Day
Date: 2 December - 6 December 2019
Venue : Ho-Volta Region, Ghana
Forum Organized by MoFA and MoFAD

The 35th Ghana National Farmers Day celebration and agricultural fair will take place in Ho, the Volta region of Ghana. the theme for this years celebration is "Enhancing small scale agriculture towards agrbusiness development".Read more | Register   

Argus Africa Fertilizer Conference
Date: 19 February - 21 February 2020
Venue :
Cape Town, South Africa
Forum Organized by Argus

The 11th annual Argus Africa Fertilizer conference will take place from 19 - 21 February 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. The conference brings together 400+ attendees representing 150 companies from across the fertilizer supply chain.
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 Register   

New Ag International Conference and Exhibition
Date: 6 April - 8 April 2020
Venue : Marrakech, Morocco
Conference Organized by New Ag 

The 18th New Ag International conference programme of international speakers will cover the following topics:
Speciality Plant Nutrition – water soluble and fertigation, foliar spray and micronutrients – new formulations and technologies Biostimulants and Biofertilizers – new technologies and commercial products...Read more 



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