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Postponement of WAFF 2020
As a result of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and its related developments, including travel restrictions/bans and the World Health Organization’s prescribed protocols, the West Africa Fertilizer Forum 2020
, scheduled for May 26 – 28, 2020 in Abuja, Nigeria, has been postponed to a later date that will be communicated to all stakeholders in due time. Read more
Publication | 2020 FTWG Workshop Report
The Fertilizer Technical Working Group (FTWG) in Ghana has released its 2020 fertilizer validation workshop report which contains the 2019 validated fertilizer statistics and other relevant information for fertilizer sector stakeholders. Some key elements of the report include suggested solutions to address the challenges of Fertilizer Use by Crop in Ghana; fertilizer imports in Ghana between 2017 and 2019; the top fertilizers imported in Ghana in 2019; the 2019 fertilizer statistics summary table; and Development Gateway’s new Visualizing Insights on Fertilizer for African Agriculture dashboard for data visualization.
COTE D’IVOIRE: The measures taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including announcing the closure of maritime borders (the preferred route for the transport of fertilizers), will lead to disruptions and delays in the supply of fertilizers, which has already been visible on the plant health market in the country in recent weeks. There are concerns about the start of the agricultural season in May, particularly for the cotton sector, such as disruptions in the supply of fertilizers to farmers, given the current circumstances. Read more
GHANA:Prices of fertilizer products sold at the open market remain unchanged at the moment from the price table. However, the government, in consultation with the private sector, has decided that the Planting for Food and Job (PFJ) programme will sell all NPK fertilizers with the weight of 25kg at GHS42 to farmers, and Urea with the same weight at GHS40 Read more
MALI: The fertilizer market remained unchanged from the previous month. Small volumes of fertilizers are pulled by vegetable farmers who buy them in detail for unchanged prices. In most fertilizer storage and sales areas, marketing companies have limited their supplies and are awaiting the start of activities for the next crop year, for which stockpiling is expected to begin in May and June. Read more
NIGER: The month of March is marked by a low demand for fertilizers throughout the country. We note the persistence of the shortage of NPK 15 15 15 in almost all regions except Tillabéri and Niamey. Urea stocks are also depleted in almost four out of eight regions. The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the country's fertilizer supply. Farmers in all regions continue to supply the market with onion, tomato, cabbage, potato, sweet potato, garlic, pepper, citrus fruits, etc.). Read more
NIGERIA: The much-anticipated fertilizer production under the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative program is expected to commence blending of fertilizer before the end of April 2020, because the last raw material needed for blending should have been distributed by then, provided the partial closure of some activities due to the Corona virus doesn’t escalate to a point of full closure of the roads from the ports. Read more
SENEGAL: The intensity of trade in the fertilizer market has decreased, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic, which is causing purchases to decline. With the restrictive measures taken, due to this pandemic, prohibiting sales at the market level after 4 pm, most dealers have seen their sales fall, especially in the central zone and in parts of Casamance. Nevertheless, trading volumes of fertilizers are slightly up in Saint-Louis with the preparation of the off-season campaign and in the Niayes band, especially for fertilizer formulations for vegetable farmers. Fertilizer prices are mostly stable, but they are marked by some marginal variations, both upward and downward, in some places. Read more
: Huge swarms of locusts are destroying crops and pasturelands in some East African countries. According to experts, the prolonged and exceptionally wet weather is causing hundreds of millions of the desert locusts to thrive. The situation remains extremely alarming specifically in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia where widespread breeding is in progress and new swarms are starting to form. This situation presents a potential threat to food security and livelihoods at the beginning of the upcoming cropping season.
:Following the COVID 19 pandemic, there is shortage in fertilizer supply in the country. Most of the countries producing fertilizers, including China, have stopped production and shipping of fertilizer products, causing shortages across the country.