September 2017 Edition


Welcome to the September 2017 edition of FERTINEWS!
We are proud to announce that has partnered with IFPRI, as part of its "Africa South of the Sahara - Food Security Portal" project. Thanks to this partnership we have the opportunity to provide you with more information on the African fertilizer market, especially from West Africa and East Africa. 

September 2017 was marked by the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF 2017), organized by AGRA. During this event, AGRA launched the Africa Agriculture Status Report 2017.

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Regional Fertilizer Retail Price September 2017



602 567 474 581 445 514
435   258 399   305
535   481   407  
565 554 442 508 409 592
435   213 399    
Legend: Commercial Market Prices (com) vs. Subsidized Prices (sub)
             All prices in USD$/ton

BURKINA FASO Prices are mostly stable in the markets. Compared to last year, the minimum prices for some imported formulas (NPK 15 15 15, 14 23 14, 20 10 10 & Urea 46%), are lower in certain markets. Read more

CÔTE D’IVOIRE Fertilizer prices remain unchanged compared to last month for all formulas. The general trend of sales has been on the rise for urea, NPK 15-15-15 and NPK 12-22-22. Read more 

GHANA Urea sales fell slightly compared to previous months. The food and jobs program as well as the fertilizer subsidy program give farmers access to fertilizer at cheaper prices. Read more

MALI Fertilizer prices are not expected to change significantly before the subsidy program ends. The market remained almost the same, with a slight increase in the sale of urea and NPK compared to last month. Read more

NIGERIA Currently, NPK 27-13-13 is the most expensive NPK brand in the retail market. The retail and factory prices of urea remained stable at 7500 NGN and 6000-6500 NGN respectively. Read more

SENEGAL There was a slight decrease in demand in the groundnut basin because most producers had already purchased their fertilizers. The markets in Niayes and Casamance should remain dynamic as irrigated fields would still require fertilizers. Read more


857   596 748 694  
628     634    
973   608 804 707  
652     524    
819 534 476 626 556 528
582     439   118

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

BURUNDI Season A of the agricultural season which runs from September to January has started, same for the PNSEB subsidy program. DAP is the most used fertilizer during this period which will impact on fertilizer prices thus reducing the prices. Read more

KENYA Although subsidized fertilizer is currently not available, prices for most products decreased. Most retailers had restocked in preparation for the 2nd planting season. Read more

MALAWI Fertilizer prices are currently stable but expected to increase due to high demand after the rains. Most farmers are purchasing NPS 23 21 0 + 4S for use in irrigation schemes. The subsidy program is expected to begin either in October or November. Read more

RWANDA For areas where planting has begun sales of DAP and NPK fertilizers have increased. In rice growing areas NPK sales decreased due to high demand for Urea for topdressing. Read more

UGANDA NPK was preferred countrywide as farmers found it more productive. In parts of Mbale and Kabale more DAP fertilizers was bought by farmers involved in Irish potatoes/onions production. Read more

ZAMBIA Fertilizer sales increased as the government subsidy program began in August 2017. The government pays ZMK1700 while farmers pay ZMK400 per 50 kg bag of fertilizer. Read more


      Average Urea Price per Country



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Disclaimer: This section is published as an output of (AFO), in partnership with the Africa south of the Sahara Food Security Portal, facilitated by IFPRI. All opinion(s) stated herein are those of AFO and are not necessarily representative of or endorsed by the Food Security Portal or IFPRI.


International Fertilizer Prices through August 2017


Product (US$/ton, FOB bulk)
Urea (granular, Arab Gulf) 117 178 175 201
Urea (granular, Indonesia/Malaysia) 208 209 193 209
Ammonium Sulphate (China) 102 102 104 105
DAP (Baltic/Black Sea) 341 336 334 329
MAP (Morocco) 381 365 352 340
TSP (Tunisia) 283 283 283 283
MOP (Israel) 238 242 244 250
SOP (€, North West Europe) 435 435 435 435
NPK 16-16-16 (FSU) 262 251 260 260

Source: Argus Media

EABC Ethiopia, issued an annual tender which closes on 13 September to buy 550,0000t of granular urea, 200,000t of NPS, 500,000t of NPS+B and 50,000t of NPS+B+Zn. Kenya's, ETG bought 35,000t DAP from Sabic for September loading, Kenya imported 170,000t of DAP from January to June. In Burkina Faso, Sofitex closed its annual tender for urea and NPKs on 24 August, requesting offers for 51,800t of urea with a 60-day validity. Sorfert in Algeria sold 20,000t of granular urea for the second half of September shipment to Europe, whiles Egypt's Mopco sold 2 x 15,000t of granular urea for first half October shipment to two buyers at $225/t and $227/t fob and another 5,000t at $230/t fob. Alexfert sold 10,000t of granular urea at $230/t fob for early-October shipment to Turkey, Abu Qir issued a tender to sell 20,000t of prilled and 20,000t of granular urea for September which closes on 6 September. In Nigeria, Ameropa was to load 35,000t of granular urea in Onne from 9-13th September for Vitoria, Brazil. There were no new sales to report In Tunisia, a freight inquiry to Sudan for 25,000t DAP had so far come to nothing. In Morocco, with August already sold out, OCP placed significant supply on its September order book. They intend to load 120,000t mostly MAP/12-46-0 at a $5/t discount and 10,000t DAP sold in the higher $340s/t cfr, netting back to the mid-to-high $330s/t fob for Brazil. For Africa it recorded sales of 70,000t NPKs out of an allocation of 120,000t, with 50,000t NPK 15-15-15 sold to Nigeria in the $250s/t cfr and 25,000t NPK 10-20-10 sold to Mozambique. Read more

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Publication of the month Africa Agriculture Status Report 2017  

The 2017 Africa Agriculture Status Report focus on “Business of Smallholder Agriculture”. In fact, it is now becoming widely accepted that smallholder farmers in Africa, who make up to about 70% of the population, constitute the largest private sector group in African agriculture. The Report acknowledges that not all of Africa’s smallholders will succeed in farming on a commercial basis. The business agenda covered in the report calls for segmenting smallholders into those with prospects and capabilities to transition to commercial farming who need business assistance, and those who need different types of support in transitioning out of farming if resources are not to be wasted. It also acknowledges that the private sector can and should take the lead in transforming the food system. But an inclusive transformation requires that governments support and guide the transformation.

Click on this link to download the publication


Company of the month FertAfrica SA 

FertAfrica SA is a private commercial company specializing in the importation of fertilizers in West Africa, with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
FertAfrica SA was founded in January 2017 by specialists in the field through a partnership between the Russian PhosAgro, a world leader in fertilizer and seed production and the Burkinabe Sopam company.
They sell several formulas of simple mineral fertilizers and complex NPK, packed in bag of 50 Kg, with a very low content of heavy metals.
FertAfrica has storage warehouses in Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Mali to ensure continuous availability of fertilizer throughout the year.

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Video of the month Improving Seed Sector Value Chains in Ghana

The Feed the Future Agriculture Technology Transfer Project (ATT) is a 5-year (2013-2018) IFDC project funded by USAID. ATT aim to support the process of agriculture transformation in Ghana by promoting increase of agricultural productivity in the maize, rice and soybeans value chains. It does so by introducing various known and improved agricultural technology. This video contains success stories from ATT and shows the impact of the project in Ghana.


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TANZANIA: (August 22nd 2017) - According to Tanzania Fertilizer Regulatory Authority (TFRA) Executive Director, the Government will reduce fertilizer prices between 15% and 40%… Read more

NIGERIA : (August 29th 2017) - Edo fertilizer blending plant was revived, 14 years after it was abandoned. The plant will produce 60000 tons of fertilizer every year… Read more

COTE D'IVOIRE: (September 5th 2017) - The Ivorian capital is beating to the beat of the 7th edition of the Forum for the Green Revolution in Africa (AGRF), a first in an African francophone country… Read more

KENYA: (September 7th 2017) - New fertilizer plant to be commissioned in Mombasa next month through the multinational based company Export Trading Group, with a daily production capacity of 150,000 tons.… Read more

OCP Group: (September 12th 2017) - Morocco’s African-oriented economic approach is starting to bear fruit. Operating and financial results for the first half of 2017 were up 7 percent year-on-year to MAD 23.2 billion… Read more

GHANA: (September 18th 2017) - New Yara plant to be set up in 5 years. In the meantime the company has initiated moves to construct a terminal at the Tema Port to facilitate the importation of fertilizer into the country… Read more

UGANDA: (September 19th 2017) - Chinese company, Guangzhou Dongsong Energy Group Ltd., is constructing a 620 million U.S. dollar fertilizer factory in the eastern Ugandan district of Tororo… Read more

MOZAMBIQUE: (September 21st 2017) - East and Southern Africa Fertilizer and Agribusiness Leaders will gather in Maputo to Discuss How to Boost Regional Food Security and Prosperity. The sessions will be on critical issues such as how supply chains of agricultural inputs can be improved and how local government and international suppliers of fertilizer can work in partnership to build strong agribusiness… Read more


Up-Coming Events

Phosphate Fertilizer Production Technology
Date: October 2 – 6 2017
Venue: Marrakesh, Morocco
International Training Organized by IFDC & IFA

IFDC  is organizing a five-day training course for engineers working in the fertilizer industry, especially those who have recently taken on new responsibilities, to renew or increase their technical knowledge in the production of phosphate fertilizers and to make engineers familiar with the best production processes available in the industry. Previous workshops have also attracted other fertilizer industry experts, such as senior managers, senior managers, and those involved in the environmental and research fields, who all found the program useful. Entrepreneurs also benefited from the program. Click here to join

East Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness 2017
Date: October 9 – 11 2017
Venue: Maputo, Mozambique
International Conference Organized by CRU & AFAP

ESAFA, The East and Southern Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness Conference is the latest special collaboration between CRU Events and The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP). A packed three-day conference sessions centered on how partnership, investment and innovation can boost fertilizer trade and allow agribusiness to flourish in this region. It promises the opportunity to gain first-hand understanding of the challenges and opportunities and unrivalled access to high-level, hard to reach decision makers.
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Africa Agri Forum
Date: October 18 – 19 2017
Venue: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
International Conference Organized by I-conference / OCP

Entitled "Agricultural Development Plans: The Winning Approach", the Africa Agri Forum 2017 will be an opportunity to draw up a review of agricultural plans launched in several African countries with a focus on successes and areas for improvement.
Following the success of the previous edition, which involved more than 350 key actors in the agricultural sector, AAF 2017 promises to attract more attention of decision-makers of the sector in the region with the objective of promoting an agriculture which meets the aspirations of the African population.
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Improving Fertilizer Quality for Highly Productive Agriculture and Balanced Nutrition
Date: November 6 – 10 2017
Venue: Arusha, Tanzania
International Conference Organized by IFDC

IFDC offers a 5-day training program that covers all the scientific aspects needed for the conduction of a fertilizer quality assessment. The program will include formal instruction covering theoretical and practical aspects of fertilizer quality and hands-on practice of methodologies in commercial fertilizer warehouses. Interactive discussion involving the technical leaders and participants from diverse backgrounds (e.g., agricultural researchers, fertilizer manufacturers, agricultural producers, government officials, etc.) will be integral parts of the program to ensure that specific interests of the participants are covered.
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The initiative aims to contribute to the development of a sustainable and profitable agriculture sector in Africa through the provision of a clear and opportune information on fertilizers to the public and private sector. encourages and coordinates partnerships and data-sharing mechanisms that provide information on fertilizer statistics, prices, policies and regulations, market structure and players, business and product directories.

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