August 2017 Edition


Welcome to the August 2017 edition of the newsletter FERTINEWS!

The month of August, is the peak of the rainy season in most West African countries, during which there is an increased demand for fertilizers by farmers
Preparations for the African Green Revolution Forum to be held from 4 to 8 September at the SOFITEL IVOIRE HOTEL in Abidjan have begun, with more than 750 expected delegates participating in sessions and discussions focusing on fertilizers, agricultural productivity and sustainable management of soil fertility.

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Regional Fertilizer Retail Price Summary - August 2017

Commercial Market Prices (com) vs. Subsidized Prices (sub)
Product (US$/ton)
603 563 476 577 440 509
432   262 396   300
604   500      
      663   558
547 550 478 504 458 591
432   216 396    


Exchange Rate (Source-OANDA: 01/08/2017 to 15/08/2017) : BEN-BKF-CIV-MAL-SEN-TGO= 556.030 XOF/1 US$ ---- GHANA=4.397 GHS/1 US$ ---- NIGERIA= 359.846 NGN/1 US$


BURKINA FASO The fertilizer market was dynamic during the month of July. Only few localities in some regions (Hauts-Bassins, Center-Ouest and East) were still experiencing droughts which slowed down the purchases of fertilizers by farmers. In terms of prices, imported fertilizers from Ghana, Mali, or Côte d'Ivoire was low compared to prices of the same formulas offered by local companies. This is due to higher local production cost.

CÔTE D’IVOIRE The fertilizer market remained dynamic, crops are now well established. This is the period majority of dealers make the most sales due to increased demand.
Some retailers were unable to restock their warehouses during the month of July as a result of shortages due to a continued congestion at the port of Abidjan. The general trend of sales for urea, NPK 15-15-15 and NPK 12-22-22 was upward and was downward for NPK 0-23-19.

GHANA Information from agro-dealers indicate that some companies have already completed supplies of their quota for the 2017 subsidy program. Products from such companies are sold at commercial market price. Distribution of fertilizers under the Planting for Food and Jobs for the minor season in the southern sector begun last month and is still ongoing. Most prices remained stable compared to the previous month in relation to commercial prices.

MALI In Mali, fertilizer sales continued to improve with the distribution of subsidized fertilizers throughout the country. However, poor rainfall distribution has limited trade in most of the production areas. Prices have remained stable as all transactions are made within the framework of the State subsidy program.

NIGERIA On the average, prices of urea firmed up to 10,000 NGN in most states in the Northern part of Nigeria from an average of 7,500 NGN in May 2017. In the southern part of the country, intense farming activities have given way to harvest activities and agro input dealers have reported drops in the sale of fertilizer as a result. However, prices of fertilizer in this part of the country was yet to fully reflect a drop in sales.

SENEGAL In Senegal, wintering continued normally. The trend in sales has continued to increase in all agro-ecological zones. All the stores and seasonal salesmen have resumed their activities. Prices remained stable for the most part, although slight decreases and increases were occasionally noted. The market is expected to remain buoyant by next month as bundled sales of Producers Organizations are expected to absorb much of the fertilizer supply.


International Fertilizer Prices through July 2017


Product (US$/ton, FOB bulk)
Urea (granular, Arab Gulf) 192 117 178 175
Urea (granular, Indonesia/Malaysia) 215 208 209 193
Ammonium Sulphate (China) 107 102 102 104
DAP (Baltic/Black Sea) 358 341 336 334
MAP (Morocco) 387 381 365 352
TSP (Tunisia) 283 283 283 283
MOP (Israel) 232 238 242 244
SOP (€, North West Europe) 435 435 435 435
NPK 16-16-16 (FSU) 268 262 251 260

Source: Argus Media
Nitrogen: Awards totaling 445,000t in latest Indian tender helped to maintain a firm tone in the urea market during the last week of July. The actual award prices were $5-8/t lower than in the previous tender at the end of May, but the sales pushed Arabian Gulf prices back into the mid-$190s/t fob and allowed Iranian producers to sell close to $190/t fob. MMTC was unable to buy the 700,000t it targeted, suggesting another tender will be held during August to buy urea for September delivery. The Indian sales account for all the spot urea available from the Arabian Gulf for August, which will oblige Asian and Pacific Rim buyers to turn to Chinese and Indonesian urea to cover their needs during the month. In the West, most of the urea available for August shipment has already been committed.
Turkish buyers found few options to Egyptian urea to cover their needs.
Ukrainian urea is largely absent from the market, while Iranian urea is committed to India. There are only limited quantities of urea available from Russia/Turkmenistan, due to buying in Bulgaria and markets served via the Danube.
Two cargoes of granular urea were sold from the Baltic at the end of July at $191-197/t fob. CF is asking over $200/t fob for its granular urea, making Baltic cargoes more attractive in the Americas. In Brazil, cfr levels for granular urea were up to $208-210/t at end of July and are expected to move higher in August.

Phosphate: The global phosphates market diverged at the end of July, the east stabilized and the west continued to soften. Indian cfr prices were levelled at $348-352/t cfr following a Sabic sale and the offers into NFL’s tender closed on 25 July. There was little pressure on Chinese producers, as NFL issued another 90,000t DAP tender for September shipment and the suppliers were largely sold out for August. The Chinese DAP price remained at $335-338/t cfr for the last week of July.
With a healthy monsoon predicted in India and reports of strong demand for the Chinese domestic fall season, it appears that the eastern market sentiment was now stable. record domestic Indian DAP production in June and strong Chinese DAP exports, according to the latest June statistics, indicate that DAP prices may soften gradually over the coming months. The Saudi Arabian producers’ availability was tightening, following two Sabic sales in the last week of July. The marketer sold a 30,000t DAP cargo into India for August, while Kenyan importer ETG bought a DAP cargo on a formula basis. Ma’aden reported that it was sold out for August.

Potash: Standard MOP prices narrowed in southeast Asia to $244-255/t cfr in the last week of July— from $240-260/t the previous week — as prices rose in Indonesia and Malaysia, and narrowed in Thailand and Vietnam. Thai and Vietnamese buyers reacted to the relatively low headline contract price for China of $230/t cfr, and now object to paying $260/t cfr for standard MOP. Granular MOP premiums to standard MOP were not as high as the $28-30/t heard in previous weeks, but nearer to $20-25/t at $270-275/t.
In Europe, granular MOP prices widened to €250-260/t cfr. Granular MOP prices were steady in Brazil at the end of July, despite continued appetite for the product — which have been strong all year — prompting PotashCorp to upwardly revise its expectations for demand in Latin America.
Meanwhile, Uralkali settled the first Indian MOP contract of 2017, signing with IPL for undisclosed volumes at $240/t cfr with 180 days' credit. Uralkali, Canpotex and ICL all settled annual Chinese MOP contracts in July, at $230/t cfr, with other producers expected to follow soon after. Read more


Responsible Plant Nutrition  

This paper published by the Foundation for agriculture and rurality in the world (FARM) was written by Charlotte HEBEBRAND IFA’s General Director. It provides a brief overview of plant nutrients and their contribution to food security, outlines how nutrients can be lost to the environment, and then put forth key elements of “responsible” plant nutrition. The final section of the paper addresses both the challenges and opportunities in advancing such responsible plant nutrition.

Click on this link to download the publication



Based in Ségou, Mali, Doucouré Partner Agro Industries SA (DPA-SAa) is involved in the production and marketing of agricultural inputs, such as complex fertilizers, in the UEMOA and ECOWAS regions. DPA is also an active member of WAFA, the West African Fertilizer Association, which supports sub regional and national policies to stimulate the supply of agricultural inputs.
DPA-SA has a blending unit, based in the industrial area of Ségou. The plant has a production capacity of 960 tons per day i.e 300,000 tons per year, and can blend all the fertilizer formulas adapted to different African crops: cotton, rice, millet, maize, sugar cane, potatoes, peanuts, cocoa, Coffee, etc…
DPA is now one of the leading producers and distributors of complex fertilizers NPKSB in Mali. In addition to the local market, DPA also exports fertilizer to countries in the sub-region, such as Burkina Faso, Guinea, Benin, Togo, Niger and Côte d'Ivoire. The latest deliveries at the national and sub-regional levels are valued at more than 74,000 tons for the 2016-2017 season.

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4R Nutrient Stewardship

This video made by IPNI on the 4Rs Nutrient Stewardship (Right source, Right rate, Right time, Right place) shows how these concepts apply to large-scale agriculture in developed countries and also to small-holder farms in less developed regions.


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Fertilizer News

LDC: (July 24th 2017) - Louis Dreyfus Company has sold its African fertilizer business to Helios Investment Partners…Read more

NIGERIA : (July 28th 2017) - Osinbajo inaugurated Indorama's fertilizer plant, which has  a production capacity of 4000 tons (MT) of nitrogenous fertilizers per day i.e. 1.5 MT per annum … Read more

NIGERIA: (August 7th 2017) - According to the Managing Director of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority ( NSIA), the Nigeria Government is to revive six fertilizer blending plants before the end of the year, through the Infrastructure Unit of its Sovereign Wealth Fund… Read more

WCF: (August 8th 2017) - World Cocoa Foundation has contracted the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership to train agro-dealers in order to boost fertilizer access by smallholder farmers in Ghana and Cameroon, two of the top cocoa producing countries in the world… Read more

GHANA: (August 9th 2017) - Fertilizer plant to be established in Jomoro under the President's One District, One Factory program… Read more


Up-Coming Events

African Green Revolution Forum
Date: September 4– 8 2017
Venue: Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
International Conference Organized by AGRA

This year’s AGRF is co-hosted with the government of Cote d’Ivoire and is being held for the first time in Francophone West Africa.
An expected 750 delegates, sponsors and speakers including heads of state, development partners, academia, investors, business leaders will share their insights on how to align, create and leverage financial, technical, policy and market expanding resources to develop game-changing and inclusive agribusiness models for Africa to counter the major challenges facing the agriculture sector on the continent.
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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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