January 2019 Edition


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Happy New Year!

Welcome to January 2019 edition of FertiNews: your source for the latest information on the fertilizer market and activities related to the sector in sub-Saharan Africa.

To start off the year, the international fertilizer sector will be congregating for the annual Argus Africa Fertilizer Conference from 27th February to 1st March 2019, in Marrakech, Morocco. Over 500 key players in the global fertilizer supply chain from across the world are expected at the conference. Small-medium sized African organizations enjoy a special 50% discount on registration, using the code IFDC50.

We wish you all a Fruitful Year.

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Apparent fertilizer consumption in 12 selected Sub-Saharan African countries increased by 32% in 2017 as compared to 2016. Countries with significant increase include Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Mali, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.


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Burundi | Ethiopia | Kenya | Rwanda | Tanzania | Uganda | Burkina Faso | Cote d'Ivoire | Ghana | Mali | Nigeria | Senegal


Regional Fertilizer Retail Price
January 2019



588 495 411 547 434 492
    435   336  
505 490 377 500 372 557

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

BURKINA FASO: The dry season has started, and farmers are mainly growing grains and vegetables. The agro-dealers are still selling at the same price as in the previous  month. Read more

COTE D’IVOIRE: In the northern region of Cote d’Ivoire, the dry season is still on and harvest is almost complete, except For market gardeners, who farm on small plots and do irrigation, their activities have not been affected much by the dry season. Read more 

GHANA: On 23rd January, 2019, the Ministry of Food & Agriculture launched the 2019 Planting for Food and Jobs campaign. For the first time, the input subsidy programme has been launched in January and the ministry hope it will help get the inputs to farmers on time. Also, more site specific and crop specific fertilizer formulas has been introduced; NPK 15-20-20+0.7 Zn, NPK 12-30-17+0.4 Zn, NPK 17-10-10, NPK 20 10 10, NPK 23 10 5, NPK 25 10 10 and Urea. Farmers are to pay GHS 75 for NPK(50kg) and GHS 70 for Urea(50kg). Read more

MALI: There is less activity this month and agro-dealers are busy preparing their invoices for payments for the subsidized fertilizers. Read more

NIGERIA: Some agro-dealers are stocking up products in their various stores and warehouses across the country in preparation for the wet season and also in anticipation of possible scarcity or price increment during the wet season, as a result of the fertilizer (NPK) ban imposed late last year.  Read more

SENEGAL: River Valley (St. Louis); This is mainly a rice growing area. The sales volume of fertilizers mainly DAP has increased as most farmers are preparing for the off-season farming. For gardening, Urea and NPK 10 10 20 are mainly used. Read more


  589     754 580 786  
612       645      
  646     848 569 798  
635       553      
  552 587 656 698 505 661 526
544             124

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

BURUNDI: In the Western and Northern regions, where there is rice cultivation, there is shortage of Urea because it is rice transplant season.  Read more

KENYA: The sales volume for the fertilizers has increased slightly in this month of January due to ongoing  rains in the country. The wholesale prices have also gone up, due to the delays at the Mombasa port, this means that the importers are passing the extra charges caused by the delay to the dealers, who are also increasing the retail prices. Read more

MALAWI: In the Northern region, Urea and CAN are on high demand resulting in increased sales volume in market while volume of sales for NPK has highly decreased. Apart from maize, farmers in Northern region also grow tobacco in large scale. Read more

MOZAMBIQUE: Tete is the region where the consumption of fertilizers is huge and climate in Angonia enable production all year round. In Tete province, the price and volume of sales has remained the same. Fertilizers are mainly being used for potatoes, tobacco, cereals and vegetables. Read more

RWANDA: Prices are still the same across the country as they are fixed by the government under the subsidy program that covers crops like maize, wheat, beans, soybeans, bananas, irish potatoes, cassava, fruits and vegetables and target all categories of farmers. Read more

TANZANIA: This month registered high usage of fertilizers in the Southern part of the country where planting is going on. The demand in other areas is low especially in Central region where planting is yet to start. Read more

UGANDA: Some locations continued receiving rainfall (unexpectedly) in the month of December. This rainfall has facilitated seasonal swamp, enabling farmers to grow extra vegetables and horticulture. A reasonable amount of foliar fertilizers was sold during December for such cultivation. Read more

ZAMBIA: The farming season is almost coming to an end; most of the crops have been planted and are growing steadily. Soya beans, cowpeas, beans are the crops that have been largely planted in the country. Soya beans seems to attract most farmers as it was sold at a very good price of K 4-5 per kg in the previous season. The Government subsidized inputs have been distributed in most parts of the country.  Read more


      Average Urea Price per Country in January 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 December 2018


Product (US$/ton, FOB bulk)
Urea (granular, Middle East) 301 323 299 278
Urea (granular, Indonesia/Malaysia) 305 331 329 303
Ammonium Sulphate (China) 118 118 118 117
DAP (Baltic/Black Sea) 431 431 423 417
MAP (Morocco) 443 443 443 443
TSP (Tunisia) 361 363 363 363
MOP (Israel) 285 296 298 296
SOP (€, North West Europe)     437 443 450 453
NPK 15-15-15 (Baltic/Black Sea) 278 287 290 284

Source: Argus Media

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Company of the month | BBM Trading

BBM Trading is an Ivorian company that operates throughout the ECOWAS territory. As fertilizer supplement specialists, our ambition is to promote smart and efficient fertilization. The products we distribute exclusively in the sub-region are made in Europe for thirty years, 100% from natural products from agriculture. They are very easy to use in addition to conventional fertilization, and have been proven in the main sectors of the region (cocoa, cotton, food, perennial crops, etc) for more than 3 years.

Our ambition is the income of farmers and the restoration of soil fertility for the next generation, as part of a climate-smart agriculture. We are working for this with many institutional partners (CNRA, IFDC, INERA, etc), but especially private: farmers, cooperatives, agro-industrial groups and distributors. Taking care of the soil is preparing the future of the region.

Video of the month | Fertilizer Plant in Uganda

Kenyan government officials take a tour at a fertilizer plant in Uganda. 





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AFRICA: (January 29th, 2019) - The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, José Graziano da Silva, has appointed Abebe Haile-Gabriel to the post of FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa. Read more

ZIMBABWE: (January 28th, 2019) - The country’s sole ammonium nitrate manufacturer Sable Chemicals plans to invest about $25 million over the next two years in a bid to ramp up production, management has revealed. Read more

COTE D'IVOIRE: (December 28th, 2018) - Professional Fertilizer Association created: Two years after the establishment of the West African Fertilizer Association (WAFA), the Association of Fertilizer Professionals in Côte d'Ivoire (APECI) held on Thursday, December 27, 2018, its General Assembly following which the economic operator Zoumana Bakayoko was chosen by his peers to direct the first steps of the association. Read more


Up-Coming Events

Argus Africa Fertilizer 2019
Date: 27 February - 01 March 2019
Venue : Marrakech, Morocco
Conference Organized by Argus 

Africa's biggest fertilizer trade event!

The 10th annual Argus Africa Fertilizer, taking place in Marrakech in February 2019, will bring together over 500 key players from the fertilizer supply chain from across Africa.
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

West Africa Fertilizer Forum 2019
Date: 24 April- 26 April 2019
Venue : Lome, Togo
Forum Organized by WAFA and Argus 

As the only conference representing the voice of the West African fertilizer industry, it is the only place where you can see for yourself how the market will develop and what that means for you. Read more




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