August 2019 Edition


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 In this edition...

  • Two fertilizer plants commissioned in Ghana
  • African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Ghana

Regional Fertilizer Retail Price  August 2019



571 490 400   472 502 453
409   279 375      
    393     396  
505 487 372 548 465 391 536
409   260 375      

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

BURKINA FASO: The raining  season is well established and the demand of fertilizers have kicked up.  Transactions have also increased as fertilizer sale trends are on the rise, as seen in most retailers’ stores. There is adequate quantity of fertilizer supplied to the market as  agro-dealers have made large orders for fertilizers to renew their stocks. Read more

COTE D’IVOIRE: The growing season is well established in the North, and NPK fertilizers and urea used for cereals and cotton are on high demand; while the South is marked by fine and irregular rain, and cocoa fertilizers are less  on demand  in the market. The trend in price developments is stable. Read more 

GHANA: The Ministry of Food and Agriculture in July suspended nine districts found to be involved in massive fertilizer smuggling and other implementation breaches for 2019 PFJ. However. the District Chief Executives (DCE’s) for the various districts have written to the Ministry stating that, they will take full responsibility for all PFJ fertilizers that will come to their respective districts.  For some time now, the Ministry have tried to come out with new guidelines to eliminate smuggling yet these guidelines seem not to be working for all districts of the country. Read more

MALI: The agricultural season  started well following the frequent rainfall all over the whole territory. Most of the plantations have already been plowed and sown. However, the big problem this year is the problem of access to subsidized fertilizer. Some farmers in the countryside complain that they have not received a single bag of subsidized fertilizers, and are forced to pay for direct sales at  retail shops. Read more

NIGER: Fertilizer prices are clearly on a relatively decreasing trend throughout Niger and appear to be stabilizing around the prices of subsidized fertilizers (FCFA 13,500), except in the Diffa area. This is due to the fact that private suppliers source directly from CAIMA's stock (45,000 tons) imported at the beginning of the winter season. Nevertheless, there are some imports by private distributors in the Gaya area (southwest), which borders Nigeria and Benin. In Diffa, the price observed is high due to the insecurity prevailing in this area, where urea is also prohibited.

NIGERIA: Report gathered shows that all over the country there is high demand for fertilizers, which is fairly available due to the limited supply, especially for NPK fertilizer blends. This has led to a general increase in price of NPK fertilizer blends, while Urea fertilizer prices remains relatively stable and available.  Read more

SENEGAL: The fertilizer market has maintained its dynamism last month, with the wintering that has taken place, and the first rains that started in some areas. As a result, the demand has increased and the supply has improved, also because the retailers have  prepared themselves to cope with the high demand for winter season. Read more


  553     291 567 685  
  621     634 553 695  
  500 560   527 504 590 530

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

BURUNDI: Burundi has announced a halt to the importation of agricultural fertilizers this year. The ban followed the beginning of a local factory to manufacture industrial organo-mineral fertilizers (FOMI).   Read more

KENYA: Yara East Africa has unveiled the Yara Farm weather App, an interactive and hyper-local weather mobile tool available on android stores, the app was developed in collaboration with software development company IBM.The app’s designer says the user can share the information gathered from the App with other farmers on different mobile phone messaging platforms, even if they may not have access to the internet or smartphones. Additionally, the App enables the user to save and access weather information of up to four different locations within the country. Read more

MALAWI: The sales volume is still low in all three regions as few farmers are cultivating irrigated crops. Only few farmers are buying fertilizer in bulk preparing for rain season. Fertilizer prices are stable just few changes. NPK is still leading on volume of sales.  Read more

RWANDA: Favorable outcome of the “2019B” season is expected due to abundant mid and late season rains. Ample harvests of maize, cassava, sweet potatoes and banana is expected. However, the output of beans and Irish potatoes (particularly vulnerable to excessive moisture) is expected to be at average levels due to localized losses following the heavy late season downpours.  Read more

TANZANIA: Generally, there is low usage of fertilizers this month.  According to GIEWS remote sensing analysis and the Tanzania Meteorological Agency, the March‑May rainy season was characterized by inadequate precipitation amounts received over several cropping areas, and cereal production is expected at below‑average levels. Particularly, significant crop production shortfalls are expected in northeastern Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Tanga regions, where cumulative seasonal rains were about 40 percent below average. Read more

UGANDA: The Agriculture Cluster Development Project (ACDP) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries supported by the World Bank has been rolled out to 19 more districts. Read more

ZAMBIA: Momboshi, Lusitu and Musakashi are now household names synonymous with the irrigation subject in Zambia. This is because of the programme of constructing of irrigation schemes in the three sites located in Chisamba, Chirundu and Mufulira districts respectively. Zambia’s agriculture sector is set for a major boost once the construction of the irrigation schemes in the three districts is completed. Read more


      Average Urea Price per Country in August 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 July 2019


Product (US$/ton, FOB bulk)
Urea (granular, Middle East) 254 260 264 263
Urea (granular, Indonesia/Malaysia) 254 278 288 288
Ammonium Sulphate (China) 112 114 116 116
DAP (Baltic/Black Sea) 382 382 362 340
MAP (Morocco) 396 369 351 341
TSP (Tunisia) 351 321 314 312
MOP (Israel) 289 288 286 283
SOP (€, North West Europe)     458 475 475 453
NPK 15 15 15 ( (Baltic/Black Sea)     273 273 275 275

Source: Argus Media

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GHANA (AGRF): (Sep 6th, 2019) - OCP and AU sign  partnership to support agricultural development in Africa
The OCP Group and the African Union (AU) Commission, in collaboration with the AU Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), strengthened their partnership on the development of agriculture in Africa on Wednesday, 4 September in Accra, Ghana
A memorandum of understanding was signed, on the sidelines of the African Forum on the African Green Revolution, by the CEO of the Moroccan fertilizer group, Mostafa Terrab, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Economy of the Commission of the AU, Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko... Read more

GHANA (AGRF): (Sep 6th, 2019) - AfDB and AFAP sign $5.4 million agreements to foster fertilizer market in Nigeria and Tanzania
AfDB and AFAP signed two grant agreements to implement trade credit guarantees worth $5.4 million to support fertilizer value chains in Nigeria and Tanzania, potentially benefiting hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers.
Dr. Jennifer Blanke, African Development Bank Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development said the agreements would provide the inputs needed for Africa to have “the productivity that we hope for.” Read more

 (Sep 6th, 2019) -  First Phase of OmniFert Fertilizer Plant  commissioned
President of Ghana; Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has commissioned the first phase of Omnifert Fertilizer plant at Dawhenya in the Greater Accra Region.
The company, which is wholly Ghanaian-owned and has commenced operations, has a 100,000-metric tonne storage capacity with a staff strength of 400. Read more

 (Aug 16th, 2019) - GloFert Fertilizer Plant  commissioned
Vice President of Ghana; Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia commissioned Ghana’s largest fertilizer factory at Asuboi in the Ayensuano District of the Eastern Region.Glofert Fertilizer Factory, a wholly owned Ghanaian company built under the One District One Factory initiative of the Nana Akufo-Addo government, is the first fertilizer production plant outside the Tema Industrial enclave ... Read more


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