January 2016 Edition


USAID West Africa Fertilizer Program and (AFO) wish you a prosperous New Year.  Once again we come your way with the January 2016 edition of FertiNews West Africa featuring very useful and up-to-date information on the fertilizer industry. Enjoy reading.

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Regional Fertilizer Retail Price Summary -December 2015

Commercial Market Prices (com) vs. Subsidized Prices (sub)
Product (US$/ton)
NPK 15-15-15
596 621 582 447
468 366   281
NPK 23-10-5
NPK 6-20-10
Urea 46-0-0
552 578 556 573 538
441   366 274

Stocks on the Burkina Faso fertilizer market consisted mainly of imported fertilizer through December although there were reports of low quantities of local products Demand is still being driven by market gardeners who have even raised concerns of the quality of available stocks. The Burkinabe market is expected to recover from February. 
Cote d’Ivoire’s market was also generally calm through December with the end of the planting season. However, slight market activities were observed among cocoa producers and market gardeners in the South were stocks are relatively high and most orders are targeted cocoa. Compared to previous months quantities traded declined among fertilizer dealers. In the north, where cotton fertilizers are subsidized, traders are faced with challenges on the market because cotton producers are complaining of financial difficulty.
Mali’s fertilizer sector was characterized by stability of prices compared to November 2015. Trading volume also remained low. The market has been largely driven by the vegetable sector. Price differences also depended on the distance to the capital or to the terms of fertilizers dealers. However, some large companies managed to maintain a unique price per type of fertilizer in areas where they exist. 
Senegal also remained stable because the major crops are dependent on the rainy season. As a result, fertilizer orders with store managers have declined significantly in the regions. Sales prices of fertilizers have remained stable or sometimes even slightly down in the capital and beyond. Given the distance (induced transport costs), the price of 50 kg bag of fertilizer is more expensive in remote areas like Ziguinchor and Kolda Sédhiou compared to other areas. Note however that in areas of gardening such as Niayes (Dakar, Thies), demand and supply, always importantly tend to have a balance. Areas were demand continue to decline will affect the prices downward.
In Nigeria, urea shortages have been observed in the south eastern markets because a lot of importers are yet to be granted permits. Available urea has been reserved for blending purposes. The current government of Nigeria placed a ban on the importation of urea to avoid explosives production. Fertilizers were sold more in December than in November during the peak of the dry season especially for vegetable farming in the southeast. SSP sales mainly targeted Soybean. 
Ghana’s market was also relatively calm as a result of the dry season and a relatively stable exchange rate have not affected prices so far. The coming months will be challenging on fertilizer prices and  transport cost as a result of a 27% increase in the price of fuel at the pump announced just after the Christmas festivities.

International Fertilizer Prices through December 2015


Product (US$/ton, FoB bulk)
Urea (granular, Arab Gulf)  263
Urea (granular, Indonesia/Malaysia)  270
Ammonium Sulphate (China)
DAP (Baltic/Black Sea)
MAP (Morocco)
TSP (Tunisia)  395  395
NPK 16-16-16 (FSU)
 345  340
Source: Argus FMB

Urea prices ended the year about 25pc lower than they started. Increased export supply, which will be a major feature of the market in 2016, outweighed any increases in demand and pushed prices down especially in the second half. Phosphate fertilizer trade has been lacklustre as the market drew towards the holidays west of Suez. Sentiment remained undoubtedly weak and bearish fundamentals appeared set to follow the phosphate market into the New Year. A market rebound is unlikely before the second quarter, when Indian demand returns and Brazil steps in for Safrinha. The market is oversupplied with Europe and Australia expected to be the key outlets during the first quarter. There is still some African demand to be met. The global potash market ended the year on a bearish footing. Most potential spot markets had been slow and there were few signs of sizeable spot demand re-emerging in the short-term. In terms of market prices, contract shipments provided better netbacks than spot as the latter fell steadily formuch of the year 2015.... Read More

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